The wine is deep ruby colour. On the nose the wine has medium(+) intensity aromas with primary aromas of black fruit (black plum, black cherry and blackberry) vegetable (beans) and secondary aromas of oak (coffee, dark chocolate, charred wood) and a hint of meat.
On the palate the wine is dry with medium acidity, high alcohol and medium(+) ripe soft tannins. The wine has medium(+) intensity flavours with primary flavours of black fruit (black plum, black cherry and blackberry) vegetable (beans) and secondary flavours of oak (coffee, dark chocolate, charred wood) and a hint of meat.
The wine is full bodied and has a medium(+) finish.
The wine is outstanding. The wine is fruity and juicy and has some hints of secondary aromas and flavors. The tannins are ripe and smooth and richness of fruit and the acidity balance out the high alcohol. The finish could be longer, but overall the wine is an outstanding example of new world Shiraz from a relatively warm climate with ripe black fruit flavors and a hint of meaty aromas and flavours.
The wine is suitable for bottle aging. Currently the wine seems very youthful. It is full of fresh and juicy black fruit aromas and flavours and is just beginning to show some tertiary aromas and flavours of cooked black plum and meat. The wine will continue to develop these aromas and typical aromas of Syrah over time. The wine has structure to develop with bottle aging. It is full bodied has medium acidity and medium(+) ripe soft tannins that will support it over the next 5-7 years. — 11 days ago
Very nice blue & purple fruits with just right amount of spice & pepper to pair with BBQ Ribs!
Torbreck’s entire line up top to bottom is rock solid.
It wasn’t the game outcome we were looking for but, congratulations to Andy Reid & the Kansas City Chiefs. — 2 months ago
Hot stuff. — 4 months ago
Last week was a combo of 4th Friday and Open That Bottle Night on back to back nights. Needless to say, the lineup between both days was full of heavy hitters, so I’m only posting standout bottles.
Another one of my contributions for 4th Friday. Took about 30mins to blow off a bit of funk and wake from its slumber, but it became very perfumed and showed the spice of Grenache. This was 60/20/20 Grenache/Mataro/Shiraz. Dark peppercorn, potpourri, cinnamon, baked cranberries and fig aromatics. The spice profile stayed consistent from front palate to finish. Rhubarb, savory umami, mulberries, and a very unique herbal crunch toward the finish. This is still very much alive, though not getting better. Many thanks to my buddy @Bill Bender ! — 22 days ago
All Fam in Yamba unit — 3 months ago
Shut the front door!! — a month ago
El vino más rico que he probado , delicioso delicioso!!!! — 3 months ago
Our marinaded tri-trip wine.
Good things happen when you take a good producer’s entry level wine and lay it down for 4-5 years. Then, pair with the right food.
Torbreck makes in descending quality order that I have had; The Laird ($400-$700), RunRig ($175-$200+), The Descendant & The Factor (around $90-$100 ish), their Struie (around $50) and the Woodcutter’s ($16-$24 depending on where you buy it).
The Woodcutter’s shows itself to be a close relative but, lacks some of the structure, depth and quality of fruit from its other siblings. However, the QPR is undeniable!
There are two things I am trying to convey. You don’t always need to spend $100 to $100’s for a really good quality wine. Second, even if you lay down a good entry level wine from a good producer in at least in a good vintage, very good things come through.
This shows, dark currants, ruby, candied; purple fruit mix, blackberries, black raspberries, black cherries, black plum & blue fruits. Sweet tarriness, anise to black licorice, limestone, dry, crushed rocks, mixed berry cola, soft leather, wood shavings, dry herbaceous notes, dark spice, softly, layered baking spices; vanilla, clove, nutmeg, hints of cinnamon, understated mint/eucalyptus with dark, purple, blue flowers in a violet & lavender bouquet.
The body is; rich; ruby and full. The tannins are round, tarry, chewy and meaty. The structure, tension, length and balance are just a couple steps short of its peak. Dark currants, ruby, candied; purple fruit mix, blackberries, black raspberries, black cherries, black plum & blue fruits. Sweet tarriness, dark, used, expresso grounds, anise to black licorice, limestone, black pepper, dry, crushed rocks, mixed berry cola, soft leather, wood shavings, dry herbaceous notes, dark spice with palate heat, more pronounced & layered baking spices; vanilla, clove, nutmeg, hints of cinnamon stick, dark, rich turned earth, dark top soils, understated mint/eucalyptus with dark, purple, blue flowers in a violet & lavender bouquet. The acidity is round and nicely done. The long finish is, juicy to dry earthy, well balanced, elegant and persists without end.
The 2013 Woodcutter’s has another 10-15 years of good drinking ahead.
Photos of; their new tasting bar, Sofia during our private tasting with their International Brand Manager and that famous Barossa red clay soil structure with Estate vines. — 5 months ago