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Torbreck Shiraz Barossa Valley Woodcutter's 2005

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"93-RP An outrageous value, there are 25,000 cases of the 2005 Woodcutter’s 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 one’s opinion on what can be purchased for a mere $20 a bottle. It should drink well for 7-8 years."" """

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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
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Editorial Reviews for Torbreck Shiraz Barossa Valley Woodcutter's

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,797
4.00 5
03/03/2010

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


Member Reviews for Torbreck Shiraz Barossa Valley Woodcutter's

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4.50 5
02/24/2010

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.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
4.50 5
02/24/2010

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.


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

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.


Snooth User: Wine Fire
577933841
4.00 5
05/21/2011

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


Snooth User: mparsons
12167069
5.00 5
01/16/2009

Perfect wine!


Snooth User: wineclosetinc
68951134
4.50 5
09/16/2008

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Torbreck Shiraz Barossa Valley Woodcutter's

External Review
11/18/2008

This stunning Shiraz has received 99 points the last four vintages. Buy this now before Parker rates it and the price goes up!


External Review
03/19/2009

A stunning Shiraz - 98+ Points in Robert Parker\'s Wine Advocate


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

Velvety, with floral and apricot notes adding their presence to the blackberry fruit, which echoes nicely on the finish. Shiraz and Viognier. Drink now through 2012.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

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.



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"93-RP An outrageous value, there are 25,000 cases of the 2005 Woodcutter’s 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 one’s opinion on what can be purchased for a mere $20 a bottle. It should drink well for 7-8 years."" """

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