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Torbreck Woodcutters Semillon Barossa Valley 2007

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This bright yellow wine opens with a very aromatic Pink Lady apple like bouquet. On the palate, this light to medium bodied wine is round, slightly viscous, creamy, and has pleasant refreshing lemon lime like flavors with a touch of minerality. The wine has a pleasant dry feel on the finish and lingers for a little while. This wine would be a perfect match for swordfish with lemon. Fashioned with the savoury, food friendly dry whites of Southern France in mind, the Woodcutter’s Semillon is the ideal tonic after a long day in the vineyard. Medium bodied with a pristine lemon hue this youthful Semillon offers delicate scents of calamansi, limestone, candle wax, and toasted brioche. The copper-pink skins of this robust, age-old ‘Madeira Clone’ flesh out the palate, lending notes of almond kernels, soft pineapple, roasted cashew and white peach. Underlying notes of citrus oil and minerals maintain the wines freshness whilst a crisp spine of razor-like acidity neatly lace together the finish.Torbreck, under the leadership of owner/winemaker David Powell, remains a Barossa Valley benchmark as well as one of the world’s greatest wine estates. The top cuvees are limited production and expensive but there are also some outstanding values in the portfolio.

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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

Member Reviews for Torbreck Woodcutters Semillon Barossa Valley

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Snooth User: Mark1975
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4.00 5
08/07/2010

Enjoyable wine GR-SY-MV blend. Loads of interesting smokey fruit. Surprised to read this is non-oaked as it would have fooled me. Great price and would drink into 2011 and maybe a little further.


Snooth User: cabulous
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3.00 5
06/16/2009

Good but read that it may be better to age decent semillon for a bit to bring out flavors that I prefer - going to try to find a Hunter's Valley (Australia) Semillon as those are supposed to be the best


External Reviews for Torbreck Woodcutters Semillon Barossa Valley

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
04/18/2013

Medium red. Blackberry and cassis on the nose, with subtle cocoa and roasted coffee qualities. Sweet, jammy dark berry flavors are hit with a late jolt of vanilla. Quite soft and with no obvious tannins, this easygoing wine finishes sweet and lightly spicy. I’d serve this with grilled, strongly seasoned red meat.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Medium red. Blackberry and cassis on the nose, with subtle cocoa and roasted coffee qualities. Sweet, jammy dark berry flavors are hit with a late jolt of vanilla. Quite soft and with no obvious tannins, this easygoing wine finishes sweet and lightly spicy. Iandrsquo;d serve this with grilled, strongly seasoned red meat.


External Review
02/07/2010

Torbreck Juvenile's GSM 2007: Der Inhaber der Weinbar "Juveniles" in Paris Tim Johnston hatte 1999 Dave gebeten einen Wein speziell für ihn zu kreieren. Das üppige Bukett verwöhnt Nase und Gaumen mit Aromen von Kirschlikör, Himbeeren und Brombeeren, dazu gesellen sich würzige Noten von schwarzen Oliven und Pfeffer. Ein wunderbar fruchtbetonter und vollmundiger Rotwein, der besonders in der französischen Küche, zu Gegrilltem, Schmorgerichten, würzigem Käse oder auch zu Schokodesserts passt.Weingut: Torbreck VintnersRegion: Barossa ValleyRebsorte: 60% Grenache, 20% Shiraz, 20% MourvedreInhalt: 0,75 lAlkoholgehalt: 14,9 Vol.%Restsüße: 5,84 g/lSäuregehalt: trockenempfohlene Serviertemperatur: 12-16 °CLagerfähigkeit: 3-5 Jahre ab Jahrgang Rotwein > Australien > Barossa Valley


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

A terrific buy, the 2005 Juveniles is a tank-fermented and aged blend of Grenache (60%), Shiraz (20%), and Mataro (20%) made from 40-150-year old vines. Provencal-like notes of garrigue, pepper, spice, sweet cherries, and black currants jump from the glass of this elegant, medium-bodied effort. With superb fruit as well as purity, and no hard edges, it can be enjoyed over the next 2-4 years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Fresh and vibrant, this is framed with crisp tannins, offering a core of plum and licorice flavors that vie for attention. The finish gets a bit hot. Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro. Drink now through 2013.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

The 2008 Cuvée Juveniles, a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Shiraz, and 20% Mataro raised in tank. Dark ruby-colored, it presents an alluring aromatic array of spice box, incense, and black cherry compote. Ripe, sweet, pure, and easy to understand, this forward, friendly effort can be enjoyed now and over the next 3 years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Ruby-red. Black raspberry and blueberry on the nose, with subtle floral and spice qualities adding complexity. Juicy and appealingly sweet, with lively red and dark berry flavors and tangy minerality. There's nothing heavy about this wine. The black raspberry note recurs on the focused finish. Livelier than the 2007 and the best version of this bottling I've yet tasted.


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This bright yellow wine opens with a very aromatic Pink Lady apple like bouquet. On the palate, this light to medium bodied wine is round, slightly viscous, creamy, and has pleasant refreshing lemon lime like flavors with a touch of minerality. The wine has a pleasant dry feel on the finish and lingers for a little while. This wine would be a perfect match for swordfish with lemon. Fashioned with the savoury, food friendly dry whites of Southern France in mind, the Woodcutter’s Semillon is the ideal tonic after a long day in the vineyard. Medium bodied with a pristine lemon hue this youthful Semillon offers delicate scents of calamansi, limestone, candle wax, and toasted brioche. The copper-pink skins of this robust, age-old ‘Madeira Clone’ flesh out the palate, lending notes of almond kernels, soft pineapple, roasted cashew and white peach. Underlying notes of citrus oil and minerals maintain the wines freshness whilst a crisp spine of razor-like acidity neatly lace together the finish.Torbreck, under the leadership of owner/winemaker David Powell, remains a Barossa Valley benchmark as well as one of the world’s greatest wine estates. The top cuvees are limited production and expensive but there are also some outstanding values in the portfolio.

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