Torbreck Mataro Barossa Valley Saignée 2006
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.
Editorial Reviews for Torbreck Mataro Barossa Valley Saignée
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
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.
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.
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.
Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for Torbreck Mataro Barossa Valley Saignée
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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