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Torbreck Mataro Barossa Valley Saignée 2006

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Dave Powell has always pronounced a strong influence from French wine styles and varietals in his approach to wine making, and The Pict fervently displays these influences. The wild, rugged and earthen aromas typically associated with the Bandol region of France provide the basis for this powerful single vineyard Mataro. Fresh soil, tree bark, cassis and leather dominate the nose with hints of spice, chocolate and drying meats evolving with time in the glass. The expansive palate is rich and dense with a rustic core of earth, tar and black olive all tightly framed by the wines mineral strewn tannins. Although beautifully balanced in its youth, The Pict has the constitution and structure to continually evolve for many years to come. This wine scores 92 points from Robert Parker.

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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

Editorial Reviews for Torbreck Mataro Barossa Valley Saignée

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,083
4.50 5
03/03/2010

Smoky and ashy on the nose with deep notes of speck, pressed flowers, wild thyme and gravel with a whiff of rubber. Great entry, rich yet fairly lightweight with crisp tannins and lively yet integrated acidity. This is dark with spicy herb tones, a hint of vanilla, and dark fruit that has notes of black tea to it. The flavors are nicely complex with emerging notes of leather and wild berries, bilberries, always with a spicy, almost herbal top note, but the texture of this wine is great. On the back end this is remarkably light on it’s toes and gains some dried grass and gamy tones, with lots of dried chorizo on the long finish. A very impressive wine that would be great with roast goat or venison. 94pts


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4.00 5
02/24/2010

With its wet wool and leather nose, I might expect to see this wine wandering around a farm somewhere. In the mouth, it's full of tar and well balanced acidity, loads of dark cocoa powder and a mellow finish with just a hint of black olive.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
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4.00 5
02/24/2010

I really enjoy the nose, lots of gamey qualities (duck/pork fat), smoked meats, the mouth has heavier fruit, mostly blueberries. More acidity than some of their other wines, but it's still well-balanced.


Snooth User: solomania9
63312,961
3.50 5
02/24/2010

Bright red powdery nose. Ripe and round like a Cali Cab, but with the sweetness of a zin. Medium bodied with big gripping tannins and some cloves to round out the finish.


Snooth User: Dan S
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4.50 5
04/13/2011

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Torbreck Mataro Barossa Valley Saignée

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/05/2013

The 2006 The Pict is 100% Mataro (Mourvedre) aged in 100% new French oak for 24 months. The fruit was sourced from one section of a vineyard planted in 1927. Purple-colored, it offers up an aromatic array of smoky oak, forest floor, black truffle, bl... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Mataro wine from South Australia in Australia. 2006 Torbreck The Pict 750ml



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Dave Powell has always pronounced a strong influence from French wine styles and varietals in his approach to wine making, and The Pict fervently displays these influences. The wild, rugged and earthen aromas typically associated with the Bandol region of France provide the basis for this powerful single vineyard Mataro. Fresh soil, tree bark, cassis and leather dominate the nose with hints of spice, chocolate and drying meats evolving with time in the glass. The expansive palate is rich and dense with a rustic core of earth, tar and black olive all tightly framed by the wines mineral strewn tannins. Although beautifully balanced in its youth, The Pict has the constitution and structure to continually evolve for many years to come. This wine scores 92 points from Robert Parker.

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