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Monday 7 November 2011

Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz 2008

Pumped over for colour, extraction and tannin.  And it shows.  This is Barossan Shiraz as many know it.  It's all about black fruits, liquorice and some intense oak complementing some chocolate.  The oak, 100% new, French.  

This gives it a fine grainy tannin at its conclusion.  In the mouth it's rich, full bodied.  The oak is there in the mouth, but it is all in balance, it supports the blackcurrant fruit and overall gives an impression of intensity and considerable depth.

It's quite closed, you'd have to consider this a fairly age-worthy cellar inhabitant, some 10-20 years the winery suggests.  You'd like to see it open up a little and express itself.  Nonetheless rather impressive.  So much so that I didn't feel the need to consider the 15.5% alcohol.

Source: Tasting
Price: $60
Alcohol: 15.5%
Closure: Screwcap

1 comment:

  1. Thorn clark is a great spot and having a yarn with David Clark about ashes was a fitting finish to a day in the Barossa.

    Personally, I didn't really fire up on their export range but I do see a market for it. Big flavours though.