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Torbreck the Gask Barossa Valley 2006

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The WineSourced from six sub-regions in the Barossa Valley, the wine was aged for 12 months in large, neutral French oak, then bottled unfined and unfiltered. Purple-colored with aromas of pepper, spicy ripe blackberry and black cherry. Its opulent palate accompanies its forward, easy-going (Aussie!) personality. Drink within the next 18 months.A tremendous value in a wine I expect will sell out soon.Cheers!Dave the Wine MerchantThe Numbers"91 Points" - Wine Enthusiast"92 Points" - Robert PArker, Wine Advocate

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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

Editorial Reviews for Torbreck the Gask Barossa Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,717
4.50 5
03/03/2010

The nose on this starts out quite subtle and slowly builds with deep, powerful aromas of grilled meats, licorice, cracked black pepper, saffron, dried violet, and camphor. Lovely in the mouth with a gentle, balanced quality that belies the wine’s depth and richness. The tannins are super fine and can easily be missed but are lurking within the ball of slightly minty, candied black berry fruit that has hints of game, barnyard, and gum seeping out. The backend and the finish carry these accents, and the gum and barnyard aromatics add a lot of nuance and length on the very long finish. Really elegant and well balanced for such an intense wine, this is Shiraz but it gets your attention by whispering while making crazy faces, not yelling. 93pts


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4.00 5
02/24/2010

Meaty, gamey nose with sweet cherry lozenges and crushed flowers. Palate is juicy and smooth, full of cherries and red fruits, medicine (cherry cough syrup) and a rich dark chocolate finish.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
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3.50 5
02/24/2010

The nose is fascinating, there's eucalyptus layered onto horse blankets, and there are more herbs than I can count or recognize. The mouth is very smooth with light acidity.


Snooth User: solomania9
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4.50 5
02/24/2010

Hot damn. So much going on in this glass. The nose is both vegetal and bright with cherries, plums, and other red fruits. In the mouth it's extremely concentrated and opens up beautifully expressing almost every fruit I can think of, starting off purple and finishing red. Silky tanins merge with notes of clove and prune on the finish.


Snooth User: winolee
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4.00 5
04/04/2008

Color was a dark purple. Nose had plum, blueberries, and soy sauce at the tail end. It was fleshy and jammy with black fruits, a little wood on the end. Spice was passive and not overpowering. Fruity but not over the top. Not a long finish, but nice nevertheless. Very delicious and will keep you reaching for another glass. Had it with a steak on day 1, and alone on day 2. I think I prefer to drink it by itself as the food distracts me from experiencing the fun in this bottle. Surprised to learn that this was 100% shiraz, esp noting how different it is from the 100% shiraz from Northern Rhone (Cave de Tain Crozes Hermitage) I had recently, which was a lot less fruity and jammy. This was spicy and the Crozes Hermitage was more earthy. In this comparison, the new world one wins me over. For the price (I paid $16), will love to have a bunch of this in my cellar. WE 91; RP 92


Snooth User: WineGent
81275201
3.50 5
08/04/2008

The wine is very purple. Think Welch's grape juice purple. The aroma was sweet, heavy with black cherry, plum and blue fruits. It did not disappoint. There were no surprises on the flavor side. Lots of Blueberry with cherry and blueberry undertones. It has a big mouth feel, the fruit is almost overwhelming (Not that there is anything wrong with that...Thanks, Jerry Seinfeld). It finished smooth without any bitterness or heavy tannins. This is a very pleasant wine. I know that Parker gave it a 92, but remember this is a Australian Shiraz. If you do not appreciate the fruit forward style of the Australian winemakers, you will not care for this wine at all. If you do, as I do, you will appreciate this for what it is. A great Australian value.

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  • Snooth User: Mark1975
    95811126
    3.50 5
    07/30/2009

    Great value at 18 bucks. A shiraz with loads of fruit, floral aromatics and a finish that actually holds a hint of acid, unlike many of the syrupy shiraz out there.


    Snooth User: mparsons
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    4.00 5
    01/16/2009

    Exceptional value!


    External Reviews for Torbreck the Gask Barossa Valley

    External Review
    08/03/2012

    Showing even a bit better than a previous bottle, the 2006 Torbreck Run Rig delivers a dense, complex bouquet of cassis and licorice infused blackberry styled fruits to go with complementing, complex aromas of peppered meat, underbrush, and subtle to... Rhone Report, The. A Proprietary Blend wine from South Australia in Australia. 2006 Torbreck Run Rig 750ml


    External Review
    07/26/2010

    A wine from South Australia in Australia. 2006 Torbreck Woodcutters Red 750ml


    External Review
    11/18/2008

    This 92 Point Shiraz from the always fantastic Torbreck winery is a great value for those who like rich but well structured Shiraz.


    External Review
    03/19/2013

    A very fragrant bouquet attests to the influence of viognier, which also may be part of the reason why the palate does not show the high alcohol, and is simply supple and velvety, even showing a hint of spice. Shiraz. James Halliday. A Proprietary Blend wine from South Australia in Australia. 2006 Torbreck Run Rig 750ml


    External Review
    01/17/2009

    Wine Advocate ReviewRated 92The 2006 Woodcutters Shiraz was sourced from six sub-regions of the Barossa. The wine was aged for 12 months in large, neutral French oak and was bottled unfined and unfiltered. Purple-colored, it has an attractive array of pepper, spicy blackberry, black cherry, and blueberry muffin aromas. Full-bodied and opulent on the palate, the wine delivers gobs of meaty, full-flavored blue and black fruits to accompany its forward, easy-going personality. Drink this incredible value over the next 4-6 years.Wine Tasting NotesThis is the kind of red I liked to drink with a hearty meal after a hard day's work in the wood, but you don't have to be a woodcutter to enjoy it.


    External Review
    10/16/2008

    93 Points - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate Low yielding, old and dry grown Barossa Valley vineyards are the cornerstone of Torbreck Vintners where traditional, manual winemaking methods and minimal intervention are combined to produce a variety of wines each year. The growers we work with have been selected for their unique vineyard sites and spartan approach to viticulture - Torbreck wines are concentrated in the vineyards, not in the winery. Our website enables you to discover all of our wines and the vineyards that give them life. 'Dave Powell, unquestionably one of the world's finest wine producers, has an uncanny ability to discover old vine Barossa vineyards, and then secure long term contracts for their fruit.' Although this wine is consistantly praised for being succulent and rich - perhaps one of the best features of this wine is its complexity and texture which is rarely found in a wine at this price.



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    The WineSourced from six sub-regions in the Barossa Valley, the wine was aged for 12 months in large, neutral French oak, then bottled unfined and unfiltered. Purple-colored with aromas of pepper, spicy ripe blackberry and black cherry. Its opulent palate accompanies its forward, easy-going (Aussie!) personality. Drink within the next 18 months.A tremendous value in a wine I expect will sell out soon.Cheers!Dave the Wine MerchantThe Numbers"91 Points" - Wine Enthusiast"92 Points" - Robert PArker, Wine Advocate

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