Grape(s): 91% Shiraz, 9% Viognier
Localization: Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
Tasting Notes: Wonderfully lifted aromatics, perfumed fresh black and red fruits complemented by spice and floral wafting from the glass. Blackcurrants, mulberry, cassis, and satsuma plum intertwine with potpourri, dried apricots, cloves and star anise. The palate shows the integration of dark Barossa fruits and second use of RunRig French oak barriques balanced by trademark viscosity. A firm mouthfeel of fine-grained tannins balanced by dense yet creamy-like texture extolling the vineyard pedigree.
Food Pairing: Pair with forest game, mushrooms or truffles.
The Domain: Torbreck, founded in 1994 by David Powell, is situated at Marananga on the western ridge of the Barossa. Since that time, he has produced some of the world's finest 'Rhone varietal' wines, exclusively from Barossa fruit; this has been acknowledged by the wine press in Europe, America, and Australia. The overwhelming majority of his vines are dry-grown. Nearly all are 80 - 125 years old and are tended and harvested by hand.
The wines have an extraordinary combination of power, intensity, complexity, and great finesse, and bearing in mind the age of the vines and the laughably low yields, no Torbreck wine could ever be accused of being heavy, cloying, or over-extracted.