Torbreck Vintners

The Struie Barossa Valley Shiraz

9.1186 ratings
9.141 pro ratings
Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
Shiraz
Top Notes For
Emily Kresie-Harrington

2006 vintage. Lots of high-toned red fruit and great aromatics: old violets, pomegranate, dried cherry, stewed cranberry, baked raspberry, old sandalwood, dried thyme, eucalyptus. In a good place and great condition, even through a stuffy nose!

2006 vintage. Lots of high-toned red fruit and great aromatics: old violets, pomegranate, dried cherry, stewed cranberry, baked raspberry, old sandalwood, dried thyme, eucalyptus. In a good place and great condition, even through a stuffy nose!

Nov 18th, 2018
Matt Trader, TWP

The Struie is also a 100% Shiraz, but what makes this one different and quite interesting is that it comes from the quarter of Eden Valley, from old vines growing at high elevation. This gives the wine more powerful fruit, muscular textures, elegant tannins, and juicy dark black and blue fruit character. Umame soy on the nose, along with aromas of blueberry cobbler, crushed rock, red apple skins, milk chocolate, tar, and grilled meat. Fairly muscular texture but the tannins fall off like silk - black plum jam, lavender, vanilla, cocoa nibs, and a less grippy finish than the other Shiraz wines I tried. Outstanding wine for value, considering this one comes in at half the price of the Descendant and The Factor.

What is most amazing in my opinion is that oddly he started us off with one of the most expensive and best wines they make, RunRig, and descended the price spectrum finishing with their $20 Shiraz, and even weirder the $17 Semillon to end the tasting. What is amazing about that is that the wines did not once degrade in quality or complexity. They ALL performed as great as the more expensive RunRig. That truly shows they only make wine that exceeds their standards, and if it doesn't, it is declassified for other projects.

The Struie is also a 100% Shiraz, but what makes this one different and quite interesting is that it comes from the quarter of Eden Valley, from old vines growing at high elevation. This gives the wine more powerful fruit, muscular textures, elegant tannins, and juicy dark black and blue fruit character. Umame soy on the nose, along with aromas of blueberry cobbler, crushed rock, red apple skins, milk chocolate, tar, and grilled meat. Fairly muscular texture but the tannins fall off like silk - black plum jam, lavender, vanilla, cocoa nibs, and a less grippy finish than the other Shiraz wines I tried. Outstanding wine for value, considering this one comes in at half the price of the Descendant and The Factor.

What is most amazing in my opinion is that oddly he started us off with one of the most expensive and best wines they make, RunRig, and descended the price spectrum finishing with their $20 Shiraz, and even weirder the $17 Semillon to end the tasting. What is amazing about that is that the wines did not once degrade in quality or complexity. They ALL performed as great as the more expensive RunRig. That truly shows they only make wine that exceeds their standards, and if it doesn't, it is declassified for other projects.

Jan 19th, 2018
Allison Lyzenga

Deep ruby; medium plus intensity aromas of cooked plum, leather, wet leaves, black cherry, cocoa, vanilla, blackberry, smoke; developing; dry, medium acid, medium plus tannins, high alcohol, medium plus body, medium plus intensity flavors of stewed plum, leather, decaying leaves, blackberry, smoke; medium plus finish

Deep ruby; medium plus intensity aromas of cooked plum, leather, wet leaves, black cherry, cocoa, vanilla, blackberry, smoke; developing; dry, medium acid, medium plus tannins, high alcohol, medium plus body, medium plus intensity flavors of stewed plum, leather, decaying leaves, blackberry, smoke; medium plus finish

Nov 9th, 2017
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

The Struie is where the Torbreck wines begin a bigger jump into a much more crafted quality wine. The one has 20% of of it's fruit from Eden Valley which gives it more elegance. Darker, richer fruits, bigger, bolder, round lush mouthfeel, nice layers of spices and all the wines we tasted had beautiful acidity. This producer is really starting to push their quality further and further. Buy them now before they really begin to ascend in price.

The Struie is where the Torbreck wines begin a bigger jump into a much more crafted quality wine. The one has 20% of of it's fruit from Eden Valley which gives it more elegance. Darker, richer fruits, bigger, bolder, round lush mouthfeel, nice layers of spices and all the wines we tasted had beautiful acidity. This producer is really starting to push their quality further and further. Buy them now before they really begin to ascend in price.

1 person found it helpfulApr 6th, 2017
John Beasley

Tobacco leather blackberry jam. Yum

Tobacco leather blackberry jam. Yum

1 person found it helpfulNov 12th, 2014
Doug Banks

Sales & Marketing Terroir Selections

9.0

Had not had Australian wine in while. One of the great producers.

Had not had Australian wine in while. One of the great producers.

1 person found it helpfulApr 5th, 2014
Rashmi Primlani

Mouvedre 125 yr old vines

Mouvedre 125 yr old vines

Aug 10th, 2015
John D'ell-Ross

Love Dave's wines even though he has since departed. The Struie is Eden/Barossa in a glass and a little less distinctive than some of the other wines. Still plenty of black berries and cool forest bark with a little spice to match.

Love Dave's wines even though he has since departed. The Struie is Eden/Barossa in a glass and a little less distinctive than some of the other wines. Still plenty of black berries and cool forest bark with a little spice to match.

May 13th, 2015
Rebecca Hopkins

PR Folio Fine Wine Partners

9.0

Takes me back to my early Australian wine career, pure stewed plums, blackberry, bay leaf. rich mid palate with black fruit and tobacco. Fabulous length and surprisingly balanced acidity. Benchmark.

Takes me back to my early Australian wine career, pure stewed plums, blackberry, bay leaf. rich mid palate with black fruit and tobacco. Fabulous length and surprisingly balanced acidity. Benchmark.

Apr 5th, 2015
Rebecca Le Good

Deep purple hue, leading to a narrow ruby rim. Pronounced aromas of hedgerow fruit and sweet spice. Fine and ripe tannins that are well integrated. Flavours of blackberries, black cherries, damsons, plums, abd bilberries. Vanilla and cinnamon spices. Long finish. Intense.

Deep purple hue, leading to a narrow ruby rim. Pronounced aromas of hedgerow fruit and sweet spice. Fine and ripe tannins that are well integrated. Flavours of blackberries, black cherries, damsons, plums, abd bilberries. Vanilla and cinnamon spices. Long finish. Intense.

Feb 21st, 2015