The name Woodcutter’s stems from David Powell’s several years spent working the Scottish Highlands as a lumberjack in...Read more...
[LBK] Nice blend of MGS. Beautiful aromas of raspberry, licorice, and sweet spice; on the palate, licorice, saddle leather, raspberry, and spice, s... Read more
One of my favourites! Read more
The purple-colored 2008 Woodcutterrsquo;s Shiraz offers up a fragrant bouquet of violets, Asian spices, plum, and blueberry. Round, smooth-textured... Read more
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[LBK] Nice blend of MGS. Beautiful aromas of raspberry, licorice, and sweet spice; on the palate, licorice, saddle leather, raspberry, and spice, some tannins; initially some herbs which lessened over time. Lacked significant texture at first but improved later; for $16 excellent stuff. (**)
One of my favourites!
External Reviews for Torbreck Shiraz Blend Barossa Valley Woodcutter's Red
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.
Inky purple. Intense cassis and blueberry on the nose, with building spiciness and a sexy floral quality. Richer than usual for this bottling, offering sweet black and blue fruit flavors and solid tannins. Rich but not overly heavy, finishing with very good breadth and juicy persistence. This includes lots of fruit that is normally destined for Torbreckrsquo;s flagship Run Rig, as that wine wasnrsquo;t made in 2008.
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.
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.
Production of the 2007 Woodcutterrsquo;s Shiraz was greatly impacted by the drought conditions in Barossa. Yields for this bottling were under two tons per acre and only 11,000 cases were made; down from 27,000 in 2006. The wine was aged in large oak foudres for one year. Purple-colored it reveals aromas of earth, spice, and blueberry in a straightforward, full-flavored style. It will make pleasant drinking over the next five years. Torbreck, under the leadership of owner/winemaker David Powell, remains a Barossa Valley benchmark as well as one of the worldrsquo;s leading wine estates.
Inky ruby. Sexy dark berry and cherry compote on the nose, with subtle mocha and incense notes. Sweet blackberry and cherry-cola flavors pick up some dusty tannins with air. Pleasantly juicy and fresh, with clean finishing fruit and a late jolt of licorice. This became more floral and minerally with air while maintaining its seductively fruity personality.
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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