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.
Old, distinctive and proud. This wine has the density, savoury, earthy, gamey, leather, olives, dried meat that is classic of the variety but it still holds on to the liquorice, dark fruits, blackberries and wild herbs that add freshness. This wine almost feels like you need to have wrestled the animal you are going to eat first. Failing that an stew would be wonderful. No more aging is required, just an occasion to open it.
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.
Mataro – Also known as Mourvedre in France and Monastrell in Spain. It is known for making a muscular, tannic, meaty, savoury wine. It is often the backbone of a blend but in places like Alicante, Jumilla and Yecla it is the major, if not only variety in the red wine. Aging can vary depending on winemaker influence.