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Torbreck Shiraz Blend Barossa Valley Woodcutter's Red 2008

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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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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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External Reviews for Torbreck Shiraz Blend Barossa Valley Woodcutter's Red

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

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.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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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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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