Torbreck Shiraz Barossa Valley Woodcutter's 2011

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The name Woodcutter's stems from when David Powell spent several years working in the Scottish Highlands as a lumberj...

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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 ... Read more

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Fig and raspberry jam, cedar, cherries and eucalyptus aromas. Immediately explodes with bright red raspberry fruit, tobacco, chocolate, and a good ... Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Torbreck Shiraz Barossa Valley Woodcutter's

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 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


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4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 06/03/2011

Enjoyed at cosmo in telluride


4.50 5
Vintage: 2005 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
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2005 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
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 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
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 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
Vintage: 2005 01/16/2009

Perfect wine!


External Reviews for Torbreck Shiraz Barossa Valley Woodcutter's

External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
03/19/2013

Really striking and elegant in this especially difficult 2011 vintage, the Torbreck Woodcutter Shiraz has lots of macerated blueberry and smoked meat character, with clove and pepper spice notes.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 10/24/2013

Ripe and generous, glowing with blueberry and plum fruit that plays against savory black olive and charred meat notes. Lingers easily on the polished finish. Drink now through 2017.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 10/24/2013

Very deep purple-black colored, the 2010 Woodcutters Shiraz is a little reduced to begin, giving way to youthful aromas of black fruits, blueberry and blackberry preserves with underlying cassis, chocolate, nut and licorice hints. Full and rich, this mouth-filling wine is well supported by medium to firm velvety tannins and lively acid, lending texture and freshness through the long finish. Drinking nicely now, it should keep to 2016.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 05/11/2011

ST: 90 Points RP: 89 Points


External Review
Vintage: 2005 03/19/2009

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


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2005 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
Vintage: 2005 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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Winemaker's Notes:

The name Woodcutter's stems from when David Powell spent several years working in the Scottish Highlands as a lumberjack or woodcutter in the Torbreck forest. Like all Torbreck wines it's sourced from hand harvested and hand tended, low yielding vines. It is then open fermented and gently basket pressed, and aged one fine lees for 12 months in large format seasoned barrels and foudres. Although this wine is constantly praised for being succulent and rich - perhaps the best feature of this wine is it's complexity and texture which are rarely found at this price.

The name Woodcutter's stems from when David Powell spent several years working in the Scottish Highlands as a lumberjack or woodcutter in the Torbreck forest. Like all Torbreck wines it's sourced from hand harvested and hand tended, low yielding vines. It is then open fermented and gently basket pressed, and aged one fine lees for 12 months in large format seasoned barrels and foudres. Although this wine is constantly praised for being succulent and rich - perhaps the best feature of this wine is it's complexity and texture which are rarely found at this price.

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