There are a handful of world renowned and iconic producers in Australia. Torbreck is absolutely one of them. Their wines are crafted in the vineyards, which is why they not only acknowledge these patches of earth and their custodians but celebrate them too. The control from grape to final bottled product means quality can be closely watched and finessed to get the best result for the wise people who drink their wines. Torbreck’s love of the vine and wine is what attracts me to their wines. That and the wines are delicious drinks.
This is approaching Australian wine royalty and there is certainly a regal bearing here. There is an elegance that is not usual of the Barossa and a coolness of fruit and temperament that make this a pleasure to drink. Layered characters unfurl as the wine takes over your glass. This wine deserves something simple and understated like quality cheddar so as not to over power it. I believe there is a fair bit of life in this young prince yet, another five years before its next engagement I’d say.
Barossa Valley – One of the major wine regions or Australia. Known for making great Shiraz by any standard as well as Grenache, Mataro, Semillon and much more. There has been a lot of work finding the sub-regions that excel for each style and variety planted.
Shiraz/Syrah – A bit of a chameleon, Shiraz can change how it looks depending on terroir and/or wine maker influence. The Syrah based wines of Northern Rhone are dry and austere while the Shiraz of Barossa is rich and fleshy. A variety that lends itself to long aging but can be drunk at any time of its evolution.
Viognier – The flamboyantly aromatic white grape that calls Condrieu in the Rhone Valley home. It’s apricot kernel, viscous nature and floral lift make for quite an intense white. However it also adds perfume, fixes colour and generally beautifies lean and boney Shiraz in the Rhone and around the world.