Torbreck (Barossa Valley)
❁ Torbreck (Barossa Valley) www.torbreck.com
Pete Knight Lot 51, Roennfeldt Road, Marananga SA 5360
Tel: 08 8562 4155 Fax: 08 8562 4195
Established in the mid-1990s, Torbreck became one of the most raved-about Barossa wineries by the turn of the century and is one of the few which produces genuinely outstanding wines that matched some of the hype. David Powell managed to buy small parcels of fruit from very old unirrigated, low yielding vineyards and turned them into wine with great aroma, deep fruit, structure and balance. All the reds have highish but balanced alcohol levels and a breadth and extract many other Barossa/ Clare/McLaren Vale blockbusters lack. Runrig, the top wine first made in 1995, is Shiraz with a little Viognier; the fruit here is sensational. As well as great depth and class, this wine has the sort of dimension and structure only encountered in the very best Côte-Rôties and needs 8–10 years’ ageing. In 2005, Powell got hold of Shiraz from Malcolm and Joylene Seppelt’s old Gnadenfrei vineyard which he had coveted, regarding it as even “head and shoulders” above the Runrig components (Torbreck had made wine for the Seppelts). The result is The Laird, which is aged in extra thick staved French oak for 3 years and sadly not tasted! Descendant (a vineyard established from Runrig cuttings) includes a little Viognier, which contributes to its more open, perfumed character, but it has good extract and intensity too. The Factor, made since 1998 from 100% Shiraz from old unirrigated vines, is tighter, more compact and less expressive yet promises to have the greater ageing potential. The Struie, new since 2001, is a super, stylish blend of equal parts Barossa and Eden Valley fruit, while Juveniles and The Steading are southern Rhône-style blends of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre. Both of the latter pair are perfumed with lovely fruit and are supple and long; The Steading, aged in used and large oak, shows the better structure, but not the vibrancy or purity of Juveniles. Woodcutters red (Shiraz) and white (Sémillon) are the more affordable basics and offer good fruit, as does a white Woodcuttters RVM (Roussanne, Viognier and Marsanne). Torbreck also make The Pict, (Greenock Mataro), Les Amis (Seppeltsfield Grenache), The Gask (EdenValley Shiraz), Saignée, a bone dry Mataro rosé and The Bothie, a sweet Muscat. Craig Isbel now heads the winemaking team but the direction is clearly laid down by the path first trodden by David Powell.
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