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Torbreck the Struie Shiraz Barossa 2006
ROBERT PARKER TASTING NOTES: �It delivers a splendid bouquet of lead pencil, game, blueberry muffin, and blackberry liqueur. This is followed by an elegant Shiraz which is nevertheless full-bodied, dense, and richly flavored. Plush on the palate, it has superior depth and length and the structure to evolve for 6-8 years. Drink it through 2027. 94 points� PORTHOS INSIDER SCOOP: This wine wins our vote for �best buy� among the highest rated Aussie Shiraz each year and this vintage in particular is a team favorite!
Editorial Reviews for Torbreck the Struie Shiraz Barossa
This offers up rather subtle aromatics with a spicy oak top note followed by gentle notes of plum and black raspberry edged with licorice, tar and olive brine. In the mouth this is very rich, yet very well balanced. There’s a lot of flavor here with black raspberry fruit bursting on the mid-palate and gaining notes of spice, toasty pie crust, subtle mint and even some herb tones lurking in the fruit which show up on the long finish as a nuanced tomato/barbeque sauce tone. The feel of the wine is moderately chewy and quite fresh, particularly on the long finish, which is richly fruited but lacks any sweetness. It’s got a nice spice tone on the finish and lovely suggestions of soil and talc on the finale. If The Factor is whispering this talking trigonometry. This is really interesting and fairly complex but paying attention to it is rewarding. 92pts
Three and a half glasses
A really rich, big Syrah, big body but lighter tannins; drinkable now, will improve for a few years. Would have been a higher rating but it had the most sediment I have ever seen in 25+ years of wine drinking.
Black olive and raspberry nose. Flavors mingle ripe sweet blackberries, some nicely integrated oak, chocolate pudding, bananas, and melt away smoothly to a tarry finish.
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.
deep purple, plum, coffe, intense, full-bodied.
External Reviews for Torbreck the Struie Shiraz Barossa
Bright purple. Black and blue fruits mocha licorice and candied flowers on the perfumed nose and in the mouth. Lush and expansive with a velvety texture and bright acidity adding lift. Closes sappy and long with excellent focus sneaky tannins and lingering smokiness. Stephen Tanzers IWC.
100% shiraz with 84% from the Barossa Valley (the balance is from Eden Valley). Struie takes its name a Scottish mountain and showcases the best of both valleys showcasing the cooler side of the region. The 2010 has a deep totally opaque black core that leads into a brilliant purple rim. Huge aromas of blue fruit white pepper tar garrigue black olive tapenade bay leaf and violets waft from the glass. Luxurious and savory with a saline quality to the midpalate that gives it a great sens
This is a terrifically full-bodied lush Shiraz that nevertheless retains a sense of balance and freshness. Vaguely minty herbal notes make a brief appearance then give way to raspberry and blueberry fruit. Savory hints creep in on the palate further increasing its appeal. This blend of fruit from the Barossa and Eden valleys should drink well through at least 2020.
Another hit from Torbreck. Loads of blueberry and blackberry liqueur flavor, amongst others, great structure and an extremely long finish.
This has a distinctly spicy, savory, meaty quality to its aromas, possibly due to the one-third of the blend that comes from Eden Valley. Those elements impart great complexity to this wine, building on its core of blackberry fruit. Like all the Torbreck wines, this shows a rich, layered texture and a long finish. Drink nowndash;2020.
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.
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.
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