Torbreck is known for the quality of their wines, more specifically the quality of their Shiraz, which is pretty damn exceptional even by Barossa standards.
Darkly opulent everything about this screams excess. The nose is dark dense and fruit heavy with a hint of damp soil and a hint of dried herbs. The purity of the fruit is excellent with a complexity and finesse that gives it a velvety smooth mouthfeel. Supporting flavours of throaty dark chocolate and spices support and balance the sweetness of the fruit. Simultaneously powerful yet elegant this is an excellent introduction to the Torbreck range and while its going to please in its youth a few years in the cellar will only improve on a pretty flawless formula.
Awards and Accolades
2014 Vintage: 90 Points - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion "Fruit from older vines (80yo) is aged in older French oak, the newer components (30/40yo) are stainless steel-fermented. Very considerable colour development; a rich, textured and complex wine on the palate, with volumes of ripe fruit flavours. Go for it without delay."
2013 Vintage: 94 Points - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion "Part estate, part contract-grown. Strongly coloured, this has more grunt and depth to some of its predecessors, with savoury black fruits occupying centre stage, ripe tannins stationed in the wings to block any escape."
From the Winery
Torbreck Vintners was founded by David Powell in 1994. The roots go back to 1992 when David, who was then working at Rockford, began to discover and clean up a few sections of dry-grown old vines. Near lifeless, he nurtured them back to health and was rewarded with small parcels of fruit that he made into wine. David was able to secure a contract for the supply of grapes from a run-down but ancient Shiraz vineyard. He managed to raise enough money to share farm the vineyard, a practice which involves paying the owner a percentage of the market rate for his grapes in return for totally managing the vineyard. This share-farming principle has enabled Torbreck to use fruit from the very best vineyards in the Barossa Valley, which is home to some of the most precious old vines in the world.
In 2008 Torbreck Vintners was acquired by Pete Kight. Pete has wine interests in both the U.S. and Australia and is committed to ensuring the ongoing excellence of Torbreck wines. He truly believes that our best wines are yet to come.
Don't Pay: $25.00
WBW Rating: 94/100
Region: Barossa Valley, SA
Winemaker: Craig Isbel
Drink now until: 2024
Alc/Vol: 14.5 %
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