Torbreck Woodcutters Shiraz 2019
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Torbreck Woodcutters Shiraz
Elegant, silky & rich. Blackberries, plums & cherries dominate the palate while still maintaining balance, freshness & a textural journey. Woodcutters Shiraz is light spices & cocoa flavours.
Torbreck is one of Australia’s top wineries, founded by winemaker David Powell in 1994 in the Barossa Valley. The winery is named after a forest where David worked as a lumberjack in his younger years. He had discovered a few sections of well-established, dry-grown vines which the current owners couldn’t afford to maintain. With insufficient funds to buy the vineyard, David “share-farmed” them, working unpaid until the grapes could be processed and made into wine. This gave David and Torbreck access to some excellent fruit, which were crushed on his 12ha property in Marananga. A review in ‘The Wine Advocate’ in 1999 of the ‘Torbreck 1996 Runrig Shiraz Viognier’ helped to stoke consumer interest in the wines. ‘Torbreck’ wines are based around three varieties closely associated with the Barossa: Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro/ Mourvèdre. After much drama, ‘Torbreck’ is now owned by American billionaire, with changes being made such as turning the original settler’s cottage cellar door into a shiny new building, as well as being 100% in control of vinifying, maturing and packaging the wine at the estate. Fruit for all of the wines is sourced from vineyards all across the Barossa Valley, including from some of the oldest and most distinctive.
The ‘Cuvée Juveniles’ is a blend of Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz which sees no aging in oak, and thus is dominated by it’s aromas of redcurrants, cherries and violets, with a silky, medium-bodied palate. ‘The Steading Blanc’ is a blend of Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier, grapes which aren’t traditional Barossa varieties; aromas of roasted nuts and citrus dominate, with a medium-bodied texture and good acidity leading to a delightful finish. The ‘Woodcutter’s Shiraz’ is a medium-bodied, extremely fruity wine with aromas and palate of plums, cherries, raspberries and spice, and a textural mouthfeel.
For more information on Torbreck and their wines, visit their website.
A behemoth of a state, South Australia is responsible for over 50% of Australia’s wine production. With the first known planting here taking place in 1836, local vintners have had time to truly perfect their art. In fact, SA is also home to some of the oldest Shiraz vines on the planet, with around 38% of SA’s old vines being Shiraz.
Such a large area means that the terrain, climate and soil profiles vary immensely between regions, allowing for a vast array of varieties to thrive. Some of South Australia’s premier wine regions include; Barossa Valley, Mclaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and the Adelaide hills. Such a collection of prime wine regions has earned South Australia the grand title of Australia’s Wine Capital. But it doesn’t stop there, the prowess of SA wine producers mixed with fantastic growing conditions has garnered the state the privilege of being dubbed one of the 9 Great Wine Capitals of the World.
Towards the end of the 19th century, Europe was ravaged by an outbreak of Phylloxera, an aphid that injects a venom into the root of the vine while sucking out sap. The effect of the outbreak vastly influenced the global market. For example, France’s wine output decreased by over 40%, with the whole ordeal costing the country over 10 billion francs. Luckily for all, the grand ‘down-under’ remained a wine wonder, as the blight couldn’t take flight and reach the far away lands.