Torbreck Wines

A Line up of Barossa's finest

 


Founded only in 1994, Torbreck has quickly emerged as one of Australia’s most acclaimed wineries.  David Powell, a local boy by way of Adelaide, left a career in accounting in search of a new lifestyle. His journey took him to some of the great vineyards of Europe and California, as well as to Scotland, where he cut wood in a forest called Torbreck.

Judging from the name, it looks like David might be a sentimental kind of guy. No doubt that contributes to his love of the old vineyards in the Barossa Valley. Once David decided that wine was to be his future, he found work at Rockford Vineyards in the Barossa Valley and began a new journey of discovery. His work at Rockford led to the discovery of ancient, dry-farmed vineyards that time had almost forgotten.

What to expect: Australian Shiraz

Australia has certainly made Syrah its own, even bestowing it with a new name: Shiraz. In the warm, dry climate of Australia this noble grape, responsible for some of the grandest wines of France, produces an intense, unique expression that is distinctly Australian. The ripe grapes take on classic notes of black pepper and leather that add depth and complexity to the black cherry and plum fruits on the palate. Australian Shiraz has typically been aged in American oak barrels which impart a distinct note of vanilla to the wines; the time in the barrel also allows the wines time to integrate, revealing their rich, voluptuously-styled mouthfeel.
With the help of their owners, David set about revitalizing these ancient vines. By sharing both the responsibility for the vineyard and its crop, David secured parcels of old vine fruit for himself from some of the oldest vineyards in the world at a very affordable cost: The cost of nurturing them back to life. These small lots -- the first in 1995 was only 3 tons -- became the heart and soul of Torbreck. With each successive farming agreement, or straight-out vineyard purchase, David is working to ensure not only his supply of these old vine treasures, but that the history of Barossa is not plowed under to be forgotten.

David’s sentimental take on life is apparent in the naming of each wine, as well. Each has a story to tell. While the majority of Torbreck’s wines are red, David was convinced that these lands were also well-suited for the production of white wines. Based on the great Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro that thrives in the Barossa, his thoughts turned specifically to the white wines of the Rhone valley.

With that in mind, David’s original purchase of land in Marananga (now known as the Descendant Vineyard) was selected for its suitability for the white varietals Marsanne, Roussane, and Viognier. Shiraz was, of course, also included in the new plantings.  It is here, adjacent to these vines that David planted, that the brand new Torbreck Winery has been built. Open for just 2 years, this new facility extends the control that David can exercise over these old vine masterpieces.

From haggard old vineyards to state of the art bottling lines, Torbreck wines are made in a way that captures the essence of the Barossa. Torbreck is a winery building a future on tradition, heritage, and, yes, sentimentality. These wines each tell a story that can almost be related to as a chapter in the history of the Barossa valley. So without further ado, let’s let the wines do the talking.


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  • Snooth User: dmcker
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    Thanks for the closeup on a most interesting Barossa winemaker, Greg. Wish it was easier to find the Woodcutter, Factor, Struie and Pict Mataro in Tokyo...

    Mar 03, 2010 at 3:33 PM


  • Snooth User: KIWIwines
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    Nice story!

    Mar 03, 2010 at 3:45 PM


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