Torbreck Vintners

+61 (8) 8562 4155 Lot 51, Roennfeldt Road
Marananga, SA 5355
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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 Read more »

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  • Marsanne

    Avilleran, Champagne Piacentina, Ermitage, Grosse Roussette, Hermitage, Johannisberg, Marsan Belyi, Marsanne Blanche,...

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Mourvèdre

    History of the grape: Monastrell is a native of Spain, first grown in Murviedro near Valencia, and was eventually bro...

  • Grenache

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  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

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  • Torbreck Grenache Blend Barossa Valley Old Vine Grenache Shiraz Marananga 2005


    Good simple fruit driven wine. Typical red Grenache nose but with nice big backbone. Lush in the mouth, full, good weight, vanilla, long sweet finish. Not much complexity but super easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by brinko99

  • When I visit some wine shops, I happen to notice that most Australian wines are shiraz. Is shiraz primarily more popular in Australia? What's your favorite shiraz? Read More

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  • Woodcutters Shiraz 3 Torbreck Vintners Pty Ltd. Australien South Australia Barossa Valley Rødvin 2007


    Ripe, almost cab-like nose of cassis and blackberry. Opulent and mouth coating shiraz, GREAT!- Tasted at Hostile Grape 3/10/10 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Alexander Valley Torbreck Torbreck Cuvee Juveniles 2008


    Spicy and engaging, with strong cherry/melon fruits and a bold oaky shape. The body comes from the acidity. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita

  • Torbreck Semillon 2008


    What a great nose right off the bat, featuring rich melon, quince, and pear fruit folded up with nuanced floral tones and hints of honey and woodsmoke. From the nose you might expect this to be very bright in the mouth, and there is plenty of acid here, but the entry is rich and soft, and the wine fairly rolls across the palate. The flavors are ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Torbreck Grenache Barossa Valley les Amis 2006


    This has a pretty hot nose right off the bat. The wine shows some meatiness and hints of fruit, chalk, flowers, and herb over a bit of woodiness but the heat is disturbing. Rich and soft on entry, with bright acids and meaty red fruits that fill the mouth, this certainly doesnt lack for flavor but, again, the alcohol throws this off balance. T... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Torbreck Grenache Barossa Valley les Amis 2006


    This offers up nice herb, floral and light fruit tones that recall melon rinds and gentle red berry, almost raspberry jam tones. Theres a nice toasty tone to the fruit as well. Gentle and a bit loose feeling on entry, this is well knit offering rich red fruit tones, wild cherries and currants in an open-knit style. The mid-palate has a subtle m... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Torbreck Mataro Barossa Valley Saignée 2006


    Smoky and ashy on the nose with deep notes of speck, pressed flowers, wild thyme and gravel with a whiff of rubber. Great entry, rich yet fairly lightweight with crisp tannins and lively yet integrated acidity. This is dark with spicy herb tones, a hint of vanilla, and dark fruit that has notes of black tea to it. The flavors are nicely complex... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Torbreck Shiraz Barossa Valley Woodcutter's 2005


    At first whiff this has an unusual blend or red fruit and peach on the nose. Theres a fair amount of wood is adding complexity to the nose but in a very narrow register. This smells as much of damp soil and crushed fruit, with a hint of dandelion to it, than of the wood. Its not giving up too much and actually closes down over time. On entry th... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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