Grape Varietal: 100% Shiraz
Growing Region: Barossa Valley, Australia
Chief Winemaker: Craig Isbel

Torbreck has constantly been acclaimed for producing succulent, rich red wines. Though in my opinion the best feature of this wine is the complexity and texture rarely found at this price. The fruit for this wine is sourced across the north-western area of the Barossa Valley from aged dry grown, bush vines, each being carefully hand harvested - the specific unique sites include - Marananga, Greenock, Ebenezer, Gomersal, Moppa, Lyndoch and Kalimna.

 

For those of you whom are new to the wines from Torbreck - the name ‘Woodcutter’ originates from the founder and previous owner David Powell’s time spent working in the Scottish Highlands as a lumberjack in the Torbreck forest. Craig Isbel joined the team while David was still directing their style of wine - and he has quickly shown his skills and abilities to not only craft outstanding wines from these bush vines, but is able to interpreter and excite modern wine markets and knowledgeable enthusiasts.
This wine expresses the true varietal nature of Shiraz sourced from of the Barossa Valley, rather than the battle hardened century old vines which make up the core of Torbreck’s other cuvee’s. Like all wines at Torbreck the fruit was fermented in a combination of open top cement and wooden vats along with stainless steel tanks for 6-7 days. The juice was then basket pressed and transferred into well-seasoned hogsheads and French oak foudres for up to 12 months. After racking and tasting each parcel, the final blend was bottled without being fined or filtered.
As you share this wine with friends, a dense, rich red colour will fill each glass. On the nose this wine has an intense and inviting wild fruits aromas with lift pepper and herb notes. On the palate this wine carry’s on with those dense dark fruits along with sublimely infused spices. This 2013 vintage has an opulent vibrancy combining dense, fruit purity showcasing blackberries with underlying cassis, bitter chocolate and hints of liquorice. This vintage has real palate texture, complexity and finesse, with firm well balanced tannins - giving this wine a long lingering finish. Whilst offering immense pleasure in its youth this 2013 ‘Woodcutter’s’ Shiraz will develop into an impressive wine with a few years in the cellar.
This vintage has 15% Alc. I encourage decanting for 45mins and served at 16-18°C.

A well-structured, varietal Barossa Shiraz.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Approachable this season; though will repay and develop nicely over the next 4-5 years.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with well seasoned prime red meats, homemade crusty meat pies, rich sauce pasta dishes and aged, hard cheeses, enjoy.