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Torbreck Shiraz Barossa Valley Woodcutter's 2005
"93-RP An outrageous value, there are 25,000 cases of the 2005 Woodcutters Shiraz. A 100% Shiraz from 10-20-year old vines, aged 12 months in old foudres, this fabulous effort may be the finest inexpensive Shiraz David Powell has yet produced. Blackberry, raspberry, cherry, licorice, and peppery aromas soar from the glass of this full-bodied, opulent, voluptuously-textured wine. Boasting superb purity, length, and intensity, this beauty simply over-delivers, radically changing ones opinion on what can be purchased for a mere $20 a bottle. It should drink well for 7-8 years."" """
Editorial Reviews for Torbreck Shiraz Barossa Valley Woodcutter's
At first whiff this has an unusual blend or red fruit and peach on the nose. There’s a fair amount of wood is adding complexity to the nose but in a very narrow register. This smells as much of damp soil and crushed fruit, with a hint of dandelion to it, than of the wood. It’s not giving up too much and actually closes down over time. On entry this has a sweetness to it and there are notes of apricot and honey right up front before the tannins begin to assert themselves. There are masses of dark fruit as well, but still rather raw and unformed. The mid-palate is quite spicy with a stemmy nuance and a round, slightly viscous feel, like cherry juice. There are mint, and vaguely medicinal notes as well that lead to a short finished impeded by tannins at this stage and the finish is a bit hot. This seems less well balanced than many of the other Torbreck wines. 90pts
Huge marshmallow nose with mildly smoked oak, notes of sawdust, very big pear/melon fruits. The mouth is very thick, with noticeable sugars and sediment, that evokes chocolate-covered strawberries and all that christmas-morning joyfulness. The combination of the nose and the attack is really fun.
Fig and raspberry jam, cedar, cherries and eucalyptus aromas. Immediately explodes with bright red raspberry fruit, tobacco, chocolate, and a good bit of syrupy sweetness.
Dark grungy sweet nose. Hugely flavorful but so well structured it only stays within a small spectrum toward the top front of the mouth. In the finish it expands slightly but remains neat and syrupy with a long and extremely complex finish.
A light and beautifully delicate nose makes this lovely wine immediately approachable. Wafts of jasmine, honeysuckle and other spring flower blossoms harmonize with sweet fruits, including blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, and plum, plus butterscotch woven throughout. A faint medicinal aroma surfaces periodically to give the nose a candied or cough syrup tinge, and this aromatic undertone alternates with a vegetal undercurrent of oregano graphite and cabbage. The palate launches less approachably, with astringent heat on the back. The heat soon fades, leaving a juicy center with notes of blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, and plum, and an herbacious after-taste with oregano and fresh cut hay. After an hour, this wine narrows and flattens, and it loses interest thereafter. 5/18/2011
Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for Torbreck Shiraz Barossa Valley Woodcutter's
This stunning Shiraz has received 99 points the last four vintages. Buy this now before Parker rates it and the price goes up!
Unlike most of the Torbreck wines, this is single-vineyard Shiraz, cofermented with a small proportion of Viognier, then aged in barrels previously used for RunRig. Hints of apricot and bacon fat impart beautiful nuance to the blackberry fruit. This is slightly firmer than Torbreck’s other reds, worth cellaring for five years or so, then drinking over the next 15.
The 2005 Descendant is composed of 92% Shiraz and 8% Viognier which are co-fermented. The fruit is sourced from a relatively young vineyard in Marananga planted with 11-year-old cuttings from the Run Rig vineyards and aged for 18 months in 2.5-year-old French barrels previously used for Run Rig. Opaque purple, with glass-coating glycerin, it offers up a complex array of lavender, violets, blueberry, blackberry, and fresh road tar. Full-bodied, on the palate the wine has great concentration with a noticeable uplift from the Viognier, gobs of spicy black fruits, opulence, and well-concealed tannins which will carry this wine for 10–15 years of further evolution. Drink it through 2030.
Bright purple. Intensely spicy aromas of black raspberry, cherry, cocoa powder and Asian spices. Inky and youthfully brooding, with powerful dark berry liqueur flavors, velvety tannins and a building impression of graphite. Tightens with air but not at the expense of its wonderfully lush, deeply concentrated fruity and sexy spices.