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Test of my first Struie from 2005 - It delivers already (Jan 2011), but will definitely improve with time. Splendid bouquet of oak, blueberry and ... Read more
Torbreck's mid-flight wines --and here I would include the 2005 Struie -- define the Barossa Valley's ability to sustain magnificent wines consiste... Read more
[Rocking Horse] Blackish-purple in color. Concentrated. Plums and smoke on the nose. Dark fruit, chocolate, spice, miminal oak on the palate. Reaso... Read more
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Test of my first Struie from 2005 - It delivers already (Jan 2011), but will definitely improve with time. Splendid bouquet of oak, blueberry and blackberry. Still very much full-bodied with a lot of depth, like directly from the gym. Flavours are still a bit here and there, but start to come together 2 hours after opening. Will drink the next bottle in 2013 or 2014 ...
Torbreck's mid-flight wines --and here I would include the 2005 Struie -- define the Barossa Valley's ability to sustain magnificent wines consistently across vintages. We will be measuring future Torbreck Struie vintages against '05 and '06 in the same way 1990 1995 and 2000 are used to define Bordeaux wines in a manner which requires no further explanation. If there is any danger to be encountered here it is the frequent reference to blueberry notes in Barossa Syrahs. Forget grapes for a second and let's talk blueberries. Have you ever eaten a blueberry fresh from the bush that one week - and for one week only - exhibits a perfect richness of fruit, only to taste watery a week later? OK, syrah grapes are not blueberries, but in a rock-paper-scissors world of fruit notes, blueberries lose to cherries, leather, smoke and just about anything else. Torbreck Struie 2005 is a pacesetter for itself and for Barossa going forward. Let's tastes, let's see.
[Rocking Horse] Blackish-purple in color. Concentrated. Plums and smoke on the nose. Dark fruit, chocolate, spice, miminal oak on the palate. Reasonably balanaced for such a huge, young wine; good for drinking now though will likely improve with time. Wish I bought more; worth the price.
[Lamb burgers] Big wine. Black fruit on the attack, but short finish. Not the wine that I remember previously. Maybe an odd phase. Will hold these for a long time.
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Smooth and round, with a distinct floral cast to the blueberry and plum flavors, finishing with a red pepper note and deft balance. The flavors are focused and juicy. Shiraz. Drink now through 2013.
Torbreckrsquo;s wines continue to get better and better, combining the old vine ripe fruit of Barossa with a European sensitivity to elegance and balance. The 2003 The Struie is a 4,000 case blend of cooler climate, high altitude Eden Valley fruit combined with small amounts of Barossa grapes. Aged 8 months in wood (20% new), it is a deep, chewy, fleshy effort displaying floral, peppery, incense notes intermixed with white chocolate, blackberry, and black currant characteristics. Consume it over the next 7ndash;8 years.
A new offering, the 2001 The Struie is 100% Shiraz made from equal parts old vine Eden Valley and Barossa Valley fruit. It was aged 18 months in French wood of which 20% was new. A firmly-structured, chocolatey, earthy effort, it displays large-scaled flavors, good acidity, and high levels of firm tannin along with mouthfilling extract and substance. It is a big wine with a cooler climate character than Torbreckrsquo;s other offerings. Give it 2ndash;3 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 12ndash;15.
The 2004 The Struie is 100% Shiraz from 40 to 60-year-old and 120-year-old vineyards. Half of the fruit is from the Eden Valley and half from the Barossa, and the wine spends 18 months in French oak (20% new). An exotic bouquet of blackberries and other sweet fruits is followed by a full-bodied, powerful, rich red with great purity as well as focus, a laser-like precision, huge intensity, and a blockbuster finish that lasts nearly a minute. It will be even better with 2ndash;3 more years of bottle age, and should last for two decades.
A textbook Shiraz, with all its components in the right places: Therersquo;s big plum fruit on the palate backed by oak and earth: aromas are of pine and wheat. Aged in 30% new French oak.
A rich Shiraz, with pinpoint focus and impressive depth. Compelling purity of plum and cherry fruit, with a rogue hint of apricot, and the suggestion of coffee and caramel, as the finish persists. Seductive now for its gorgeous flavor, it should improve with cellaring. Best after 2008.
Torbreck The Struie Shiraz 2005: Dekantier-Empfehlung (1 Std. vorher belüften), Empfohlene Serviertemperatur: 16-18°C, in Barriques gereift (18 Monate), lagerfähig 15 - 18 Jahre ab JahrgangJahrgang: 2005Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: Barossa ValleyWeingut: Torbreck VintnersRebsorte: 100% ShirazRestzucker: trockenRestsäure: 6,25 g/LiterAlkoholgehalt: 14,5 % Rotwein
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