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Torbreck the Struie Shiraz Barossa 2006

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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!

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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 Struie Shiraz Barossa

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065223,796
4.50 5
03/03/2010

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


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Snooth User: LetUsTaste
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 01/12/2013

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: groucho26
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3.50 5
04/13/2009

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.


4.00 5
02/24/2010

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.


Snooth User: Ruski
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 01/30/2011

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 ...


Snooth User: Poldark Maximus
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 02/23/2010

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.


Snooth User: A4
128323236
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 05/05/2013

Four glasses


Snooth User: Stan33
3095863
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 11/18/2007

deep purple, plum, coffe, intense, full-bodied.


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External Reviews for Torbreck the Struie Shiraz Barossa

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2010 06/20/2014

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


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2010 06/20/2014

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.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2010 06/20/2014

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.


External Review
Source: kybecca
11/18/2008

Another hit from Torbreck. Loads of blueberry and blackberry liqueur flavor, amongst others, great structure and an extremely long finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2005 01/03/2012

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2005 05/22/2011

Bright ruby. Deep, spicy blackberry and cassis aromas, along with a range of incense, floral and mineral accents. Sexy licorice candy and cola notes emerge with air and are repeated on the palate. Sweet dark berry flavors are nicely firmed by youthful tannins and brisk acids, with a late-arriving cinnamon note adding interest. The impressively pure, long finish is suave, silky and fresh.


External Review
Vintage: 2005 03/29/2010

The Struie Shiraz 2005 - Torbreck: The Struie Shiraz 2005 - Rotwein von TorbreckDieser Shiraz profitiert von der gelungen Mischung von Trauben aus dem hochgelegenen Eden Valley, die ihm eine feine Würze, fruchtigen Noten und Spuren von weißem Pfeffer geben sowie den Trauben aus dem Barossa Valley, die intensive, üppige und tiefe Aromen beisteuern. Der Torbreck The Struie Shiraz 2005 ist reif und weich, von üppiger Textur und firmen Tanninen. Samtige Aromen von schwarzen Oliven, Pfeffer, Schwarzkirschen, Pflaumen und Johannisbeeren. Sein Finale ist unsagbar lang und voll, die Tannine spielen süß und es klingen Töne von Mokka und Holzrauch nach. Ein idealer Begleiter zu Gebratenem Lamm, Steak oder würzigen Käsesorten.    Weingut: Torbreck VintnersLand: AustralienRegion: Barossa ValleyRebsorte: ShirazInhalt: 0,75 lAlkoholgehalt: 14,5 Vol.%Säuregehalt: 6,25 g/lRestsüße: trockenLagerfähigkeit: 15 bis 18 JahreFassreife: 18 Monatein Barriques gereiftEmpfohlene Serviertemperatur: 16 bis 18°CAuszeichnungen:* 94 Parker Punkte* 95 Punkte - The wine companion (James Halliday)* 90 Punkte - Wine Spectator* 92 Punkte - Steven Tanzer (IWC) Rotwein > Australien > Barossa Valley


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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!

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