Grape Variety: 100% Shiraz
Growing Region: Barossa Valley, Australia
Senior Winemaker: Craig Isbel

It has been 10 years since I first tried Torbreck wines and their renowned ‘Woodcutter’s’ Shiraz. So a decade on, I thought I would review the 2012 vintage and see if the wines character still holds true; a wine with excellent mouth feel, texture, rich flavours and integrity. The specific fruit parcels for this wine are sourced across the north-western region of the Barossa Valley, hand harvested from dry grown, bush vines.


These rare vines are very carefully hand tended due to their age and low cropping nature - with this wine coming from small unique sites that included - Marananga, Greenock, Ebenezer, Gomersal, Moppa, Lyndoch and Kalimna.
Harvesting took place from late February through until early April, with each parcel of fruit fermented in cement, wooden and stainless steel vats for about 7 days and then basket pressed into well-seasoned hogsheads and French oak foudres for 12 months. After maturing in their cellars, then came the focused process of tasting and blending these dynamic parcels - the finished blend was bottled without the use of either fining or filtration.
Although this wine is continually praised for its succulent, rich nature - perhaps the wines best feature is its complexity and texture rarely found at this price. This wine reflects the vibrant nature of Barossa Shiraz. Though sourced from selected aged, low cropping vines, rather than the intensely firm nature of the 'older vine' wines which are found in other Torbreck cuvee’s - this has an accessible, more approachable personality.
In the glass you have a deep, dark red with a garnet purple colour. On the nose the wine is not shy to express dark cherries, blackberries with dried spice and pepper notes. On the palate this wine is full-bodied, rich and opulent, combining ripe dark fruit purity with texture, complexity and finesse. This 2012 vintage though elegant, is well-structured and confident with balanced tannins giving you a pleasing lingering finish. This wine is a wonderful introduction to old-vine Barossa Shiraz, offering immense pleasure for your palate in its youth, though with time this ‘Woodcutter’s’ Shiraz will develop into a notable wine. The wine has 14.9% alcohol, decant for 30-45 minutes and serve at 16-18°C.

An approachable Barossa Shiraz, full of character.

Drinking perfectly well this season; and will age gracefully for another 5-7 years.

Perfect wine paired with prime red meats, mildly seasoned game, full flavour pasta dishes and aged hard cheese, enjoy.