Torbreck Shiraz Blend Barossa Valley Woodcutter's Red 2008
The name Woodcutter’s stems from David Powell’s several years spent working the Scottish Highlands as a lumberjack in the Torbreck forest. This wine reflects the up & coming Shiraz vineyards of the Barossa, rather than the battle hardened old vines which make up the core of our other cuvee’s. Dense, rich and opulent, this wine combines great fruit purity with texture, complexity and finesse. Whilst offering immense pleasure in its youth the 2008 Woodcutter’s Shiraz will no doubt develop along a similar path to the 2004 & 2006 vintages with a few years in the cellar.
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The 2001 Woodcutters Red is a blend of primarily young vine Shiraz (92%) and the rest Grenache and Mourvegrave;dre, all from conservative crop yields of two and a half tons of fruit per acre. The wine spends 12 months in neutral wood prior to bottling. The deep ruby/purple color is followed by a sweet nose of blackberry and cherry fruit, full body, glorious purity and exuberance, and a lusty, heady finish. Readers will be thrilled to know there are 6,200 cases of this cuvee. Buy it by the case and enjoy it over the next 4ndash;5 years.
Dave Powellrsquo;s winery is producing some of the most exciting wines coming out of Australia. The winemaking is masterful mdash; Parker considered him Australiarsquo;s best winemaker in 2001! Low yield, young vines fruit make up this Shiraz-based wine. A bit of Grenache and Mataro round out the blend. The wine is vinified in the same manner as the top cuveacute;es, in open-topped fermenters and basket-pressed, then aged 12 months in neutral hogshead casks.
Firm in texture, with dark flavors in a tight ball at the core, echoing nice black cherry and spice notes on the slightly gritty finish. Grenache, Shiraz, and Mourvegrave;dre. Best after 2002.
The purple-colored 2008 Woodcutterrsquo;s Shiraz offers up a fragrant bouquet of violets, Asian spices, plum, and blueberry. Round, smooth-textured, and forward, this flavorful, easy-going effort can be enjoyed over the next 4ndash;5 years.
The 2008 Woodcutter's Shiraz has a very deep garnet-purple color and pronounced warm black cherry and blueberry aromas with a peppery undercurrant, plus some mocha and a suggestion of violets. Medium-high acid and medium-firm finely grained tannins support the generous, full bodied fruit and, though the overall effect is quite rich, this is an effortlessly harmonious wine with a good long finish. Delicious now, it will continue to drink well through 2017.
The 2003 Woodcutters Shiraz is a 9,000-case cuvee of sexy juice. Powell fashions this striking cuvee from some of Barossarsquo;s younger Shiraz vineyards. It is aged 12 months in old wood foudres prior to being bottled unfined and unfiltered. While meant to be consumed early in life, it does not sacrifice any flavor intensity or power. With a deep ruby/purple color, gorgeous plum, black cherry, raspberry and cassis-scented aromas as well as flavors, low acidity, medium to full body, good opulence, and no hard edges, it is about as sexy a Shiraz as one can buy for $20. Drink it over the next 2ndash;3 years.
An outrageous value, there are 25,000 cases of the 2005 Woodcutterrsquo;s Shiraz. A 100% Shiraz from 10ndash;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 onersquo;s opinion on what can be purchased for a mere $20 a bottle. It should drink well for 7ndash;8 years.
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