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Winery: Torbreck Vintners
Region: Australia - South Australia - Barossa Valley
Wine Style: Red - Rich and Intense
Food Pairing: Beef, Lamb, Game (deer, venison), Chicken
Reviews: 95 Points James Suckling, 92 Points Wine Spectator, 90 Points Robert Parker, 90 Points Wine Enthusiast
Winemaker Notes & Critical Acclaim:
The view from the Struie down across the Dornoch Firth is as inspiring as that of the Valley floor from the Barossa Ranges. This wine is a blend of Shiraz from the Eden and Barossa Valleys, combining the best of both regions. The 2015 vintage clearly benefitted from some early summer rains which changed the course of the vintage. The fruit has wonderful freshness, good acidity, and perfect balance. The Eden Valley component has an almost unbelievable vibrancy and purity which balances the rich Valley fruit perfectly. One of the most lifted and aromatic Struie wines Torbreck has produced, the harmonious combination of both regions have again delivered a wine with layers of dark cassis fruit characters and defining structure. Nuances of plum, black olive, lavender and plush cherry characters all further enhance the natural elegance and persistence of the fruit quality. The 2015 Struie will certainly age gracefully well into the next decade. - Winemaker Note
Lots of soy, stone, iodine and oyster shell with blue and black fruits. Full to medium body, firm and silky tannins and a juicy and long finish. The quarter of Eden gives this complexity and length. Drink now. - 95 Points James Suckling
Fresh-roasted coffee, chicory and cedar notes set the stage for robust flavors of plum and cherry, accented by clove, vanilla and cola details on the finish. The tannins are thick and velvety but never get in the way of the flavors. Shiraz. Drink now through 2029. - 92 Points Wine Spectator
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 The Struie has a very youthful crushed black berry and black currant nose with licorice, dark chocolate and tar suggestions. Full-bodied with a taut, muscular palate and solid backbone of chewy tannins, this is a sturdy, rugged style, which should mellow a bit with a few years in cellar. - 90 Points Robert Parker
Even with a few years of bottle age this is still a massive blockbuster wine that oozes blackberries, plums, black olives, chocolate, green savory spices and cola-like oak. Sinewy spicy tannins grip a gauzy layer of rich ripe fruit while toasty flashy oak seeps through the cracks. This needs more time for all that oak to settle into the wine and hopefully the fruit will continue going along for the ride. Drink 2021–2029. - 90 Points Wine Enthusiast
About The Producer:
Torbreck is a leading wine producer in the Barossa Valley region of Australia, specializing in Shiraz. It is particularly known for its powerful and aromatic flagship RunRig Shiraz (made from 120-160-year-old vines with a dash of Viognier), and The Laird, a single vineyard Shiraz that is one of the most expensive wines made in Australia. However, Torbreck makes around 15 wines in all, and the portfolio is based around Rhône varieties like Grenache, Mourvedre, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne.
The estate was founded by David Powell in 1994 with grapes initially obtained on a sharecropping basis. The name comes from a forest in Scotland where he once worked as a lumberjack, and many of the wines also have Scottish-themed names. Torbreck has developed its own vineyard holdings but much of its fruit is still sourced from selected growers throughout the Barossa Valley.
The second vintage (1996) of the Runrig Shiraz garnered strong reviews in The Wine Advocate, leading to intense international interest. Since then there have been consistent annual ratings of 95-99 points in The Wine Advocate and Torbreck has been named as one of the World's Top 100 Wine Estates by Robert Parker.
The Laird was first made in 2005; intense small-berry Shiraz is sourced from Malcolm Seppelt's prestigious 5-hectare (12-acre) Gnadenfrei vineyard. The wine made is aged for three years in thick-staved French oak barrels. The inaugural vintage and
The chief winemaker is Ian