Struie S. Australia Torbreck Torbreck Vintners Wine 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

Robert Parker rates this wine 94 points with the comment: "Torbreck, under the leadership of owner/winemaker David Powell, remains a Barossa Valley benchmark as well as one of the world’s greatest wine estates. The top cuvees are limited production and expensive but there are also some outstanding values in the portfolio. With regard to the current vintages for the Barossa red wines, David Powell states '2004 is more savory while 2005 has more purity and definition. 2004 is more classic, 2005 will take longer to come around.' The 2005 The Struie was sourced from cooler Eden Valley and Barossa Valley hillside vineyards. It is David Powell’s attempt to showcase the cooler side of the region. Vine age ranges from 46-110 years old. The wine was aged for 18 months in older French oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. It delivers a splendid bouquet of lead pencil, game, blueberry muffin, and blackberry liqueur. This is followed by an elegant Shiraz which is nevertheless full-bodied, dense, and richly flavored. Plush on the palate, it has superior depth and length and the structure to evolve for 6-8 years. Drink it through 2027."

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Torbreck Vintners:
Torbreck Vintners was founded by David Powell in 1994. The roots go back to 1992 when Dave, 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. Dave was able to secure a contract for the supply of grapes from a run-down but an... Read more
Torbreck Vintners was founded by David Powell in 1994. The roots go back to 1992 when Dave, 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. Dave 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 1995 Dave crushed three tonnes of grapes and fermented them into wine in a shed on his 12-hectare Marananga property. He named his wine 'Torbreck' after a forest in Scotland where he worked as a lumberjack. The Torbreck endeavour is based around the classic Barossa Valley varietals of Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro, and a love for the wines of France's Rhone Valley. Dave loves the intense, rich, Rhone-like flavours that come from old-vines and the fact that Shiraz and Grenache are the mainstay red grapes of the Northern and Southern Rhone often draws comparison. Torbreck doesn't only make red wines though, we have Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne planted on our winery block which we have blended to make a white wine for the last 2 years. In July 2002 the historic Hillside property was acquired by Torbreck. Situated in Lyndoch, it is one of the original Barossa properties. Vast and picturesque it contains some magnificent old and ancient vineyards that will further our source of premium quality fruit. The Hillside property contains a wonderful native ecosystem that supports a myriad of flora and fauna. Dave hopes to turn it into a nature reserve in the future that will be open to visits. In June 2003 at the finish of vintage, we opened our cellar-door for sales. An original settlers hut, it has been lovingly restored and provides a personal touch and some Barossa warmth whilst you taste our wines. It is open daily and we welcome any visits. In the middle of 2008 a long term vision of Dave Powell's will reach completion. A new winery and administration facility will have been completed on land acquired from a next door neighbour. This will enable our grapes to be made into wine using the best availble equipment and then bottled 'on the estate' using our own bottling line. Finally we have complete control of all aspects of production which will see a new benchmark of wine quality established by us in the Barossa Valley. Read less

Member Reviews for Struie S. Australia Torbreck Torbreck Vintners Wine

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Snooth User: Ruski
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3.50 5
01/30/2011

Test of my first Struie from 2005 - It delivers already (Jan 2011), but will definitely improve with time. Splendid bouquet of oak, blueberry and blackberry. Still very much full-bodied with a lot of depth, like directly from the gym. Flavours are still a bit here and there, but start to come together 2 hours after opening. Will drink the next bottle in 2013 or 2014 ...


Snooth User: Poldark Maximus
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3.50 5
02/23/2010

Torbreck's mid-flight wines --and here I would include the 2005 Struie -- define the Barossa Valley's ability to sustain magnificent wines consistently across vintages. We will be measuring future Torbreck Struie vintages against '05 and '06 in the same way 1990 1995 and 2000 are used to define Bordeaux wines in a manner which requires no further explanation. If there is any danger to be encountered here it is the frequent reference to blueberry notes in Barossa Syrahs. Forget grapes for a second and let's talk blueberries. Have you ever eaten a blueberry fresh from the bush that one week - and for one week only - exhibits a perfect richness of fruit, only to taste watery a week later? OK, syrah grapes are not blueberries, but in a rock-paper-scissors world of fruit notes, blueberries lose to cherries, leather, smoke and just about anything else. Torbreck Struie 2005 is a pacesetter for itself and for Barossa going forward. Let's tastes, let's see.


Snooth User: A4
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4.00 5
05/05/2013

Four glasses


External Reviews for Struie S. Australia Torbreck Torbreck Vintners Wine

External Review
Source: ONLINEWEINKELLER.de
02/24/2010

Torbreck The Struie Shiraz 2005: Dekantier-Empfehlung (1 Std. vorher belüften), Empfohlene Serviertemperatur: 16-18°C, in Barriques gereift (18 Monate), lagerfähig 15 - 18 Jahre ab JahrgangJahrgang: 2005Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: Barossa ValleyWeingut: Torbreck VintnersRebsorte: 100% ShirazRestzucker: trockenRestsäure: 6,25 g/LiterAlkoholgehalt: 14,5 % Rotwein


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Smooth and round, with a distinct floral cast to the blueberry and plum flavors, finishing with a red pepper note and deft balance. The flavors are focused and juicy. Shiraz. Drink now through 2013.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

A textbook Shiraz, with all its components in the right places: Therersquo;s big plum fruit on the palate backed by oak and earth: aromas are of pine and wheat. Aged in 30% new French oak.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

This has a distinctly spicy, savory, meaty quality to its aromas, possibly due to the one-third of the blend that comes from Eden Valley. Those elements impart great complexity to this wine, building on its core of blackberry fruit. Like all the Torbreck wines, this shows a rich, layered texture and a long finish. Drink nowndash;2020.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

A new offering, the 2001 The Struie is 100% Shiraz made from equal parts old vine Eden Valley and Barossa Valley fruit. It was aged 18 months in French wood of which 20% was new. A firmly-structured, chocolatey, earthy effort, it displays large-scaled flavors, good acidity, and high levels of firm tannin along with mouthfilling extract and substance. It is a big wine with a cooler climate character than Torbreckrsquo;s other offerings. Give it 2ndash;3 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 12ndash;15.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Bright ruby. Deep, spicy blackberry and cassis aromas, along with a range of incense, floral and mineral accents. Sexy licorice candy and cola notes emerge with air and are repeated on the palate. Sweet dark berry flavors are nicely firmed by youthful tannins and brisk acids, with a late-arriving cinnamon note adding interest. The impressively pure, long finish is suave, silky and fresh.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

A rich Shiraz, with pinpoint focus and impressive depth. Compelling purity of plum and cherry fruit, with a rogue hint of apricot, and the suggestion of coffee and caramel, as the finish persists. Seductive now for its gorgeous flavor, it should improve with cellaring. Best after 2008.


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Robert Parker rates this wine 94 points with the comment: "Torbreck, under the leadership of owner/winemaker David Powell, remains a Barossa Valley benchmark as well as one of the world’s greatest wine estates. The top cuvees are limited production and expensive but there are also some outstanding values in the portfolio. With regard to the current vintages for the Barossa red wines, David Powell states '2004 is more savory while 2005 has more purity and definition. 2004 is more classic, 2005 will take longer to come around.' The 2005 The Struie was sourced from cooler Eden Valley and Barossa Valley hillside vineyards. It is David Powell’s attempt to showcase the cooler side of the region. Vine age ranges from 46-110 years old. The wine was aged for 18 months in older French oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. It delivers a splendid bouquet of lead pencil, game, blueberry muffin, and blackberry liqueur. This is followed by an elegant Shiraz which is nevertheless full-bodied, dense, and richly flavored. Plush on the palate, it has superior depth and length and the structure to evolve for 6-8 years. Drink it through 2027."

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