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Barossa's Past, Present and Future
Why Torbreck? Torbreck are a special winery as they have not only set their goal for perfection, but actually have perfection within their grasp. Their commitment to Barossa’s past, present and future is admirable. With Torbreck around, the Barossan, South Australian and Australian winemaking reputations are in safe hands.
Winemaker: Ian Hongell Barossa born and bred, Ian Hongell joined Torbreck as chief winemaker in 2016. While many may be daunted to make changes to a winery with such a stellar reputation, Ian has instead made some clever decisions towards ensuring Torbreck wines remain relevant with modern winemaking tastes. In particular, Torbreck wines now use very little new oak, and no American oak, a winemaking choice that many fans of the classic Barossa shiraz would think unusual. However, under Ian’s expert guardianship, there is very little cause for concern, and much to enjoy.
The Struie Shiraz 2018
We love this wine because…
It’s classic Barossa but it comes from Eden Valley to the east where it’s cooler, a little higher in altitude, and ripens slightly later. That’s makes this wine consistently good, and sought after. 40-year-old Eden fruit, 80-year-old Barossa fruit. Blackberry, violet and spice. With a long finish we’re still thinking about.
For the Barossa Valley, this is pretty Côtes du Rhône. Cuvée Juveniles was created as a bistro wine from grenache, mourvedre and shiraz, mostly from old, unirrigated vineyards. They key here: no oak, ever. What you get is pure Barossa vibrancy, made to drink young, dancing out of each glass, fresh and alive.
“With Torbreck around, the Barossan, South Australian and Australian winemaking reputations are in safe hands.”
Vineyards After working in many of the Barossa’s oldest vineyards for years, Torbreck have been selected as the custodian of a few key vineyards – a task they take very seriously. Their commitment to preserving the centurion vines is a hallmark of the brand and considered must-haves for any serious collector around the world. Considering centurion vines are a particularly Australian winemaking concept, their research and development make them world leaders in the field. Moreover, while honouring the past, they are also looking to the future – nurturing younger vines so that they too can reach old age and be just as special as the vines that came before them.
Winemaking Philosophy In order to fully represent the glory of the vines and Barossa as the region in every wine, a minimal intervention winemaking philosophy is embraced. This way, the winemakers are able to ensure that the flavours of the Torbreck vineyards are able to be locked in the bottle, capturing a unique sense of place. Furthermore, Torbreck are also completely vinified and bottled on the estate, meaning the wine never travels far from where it was picked until it is finished in bottle. This helps promote a more sustainable way of winemaking, whilst maintaining control and purity. This purity is what is so well respected, and so sought-after, all over the world. And will be for generations to come.
Woodcutters Semillon 2019
We love this wine because…
This is always a classic in the Torbreck hierarchy, with something quite Mediterranean about this one. Maturation happens in stainless steel and seasoned French barriques, giving a savoury, food-friendly style reminiscent of the central and southern regions of France. Not typical. It’s complex. Smoked almonds and honeysuckle with a buttery richness.
Woodcutters comes from the up-and-coming vines under Torbreck's care. These are the centurion vineyards of the future. While this helps denote affordability, it doesn't reflect any less care in the winery – this is Torbreck after all. The Woodcutters is still hand picked and handled, exemplifying everything bold, warming and rich, as expected from a classic Barossa Shiraz.