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.
The oaked version of the Juveniles fruit. It is a step up in weight and density. The extra years on bottle really help too. Without a doubt this is a more elegant style being from the 2011 vintage, but don’t be followed, this serves to make it more European with earthy, gamey and savoury characters coming to the fore. Delicious with the cured venion at Chiara. I think this is in its peak drinking window. It certainly won’t fall over in the next five years though.
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.
Grenache – Spain’s gift to the world. We know it as Grenache and I think everyone has a soft spot for it in some way. Almost too exuberant in expressing its sweet red fruits and high alcohol, it often needs a little bit of other wines to add moderation, structure and depth. Much like Abbott and Costello. Despite this the wines of Priorat, Chateauneuf du Pape, Rioja and Aussie GSMs have an amazing ability to age for the long term.
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.
Shiraz – 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.