This share-crop arrangement allowed Powell to make his first wine under the Torbreck label which was named after a forest in Scotland where he had worked as a lumberjack. The Torbreck wines are based on the classic Barossa varieties of Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro and also small quantities of Roussanne, Marsanne & Viognier.
Torbreck has an enviable collection of growers around the Barossa & Eden Valleys with vines aged from 10 years old (which would go into Woodcutters Shiraz) to 160 years old (Run Rig). The house style at Torbreck is a seamless balance of richness and finesse, the wines are always fresh and vibrant with underlying power and drive.
These are world class wines and a benchmark for the Barossa Valley.
Nose: A dense nose with, with heavy dark fruit and a hint of damp soil. Hints of dried herbs, aniseed and a peppery spice.
Palate: A dark cherry, central core of fruit. An intense textural mid palate full of blueberry, cocoa, spice and dark chocolate.
Food Pairing: Hearty steak, BBQ'd red meat.
Cellaring: 5-10 Years
Notes: Whilst offering immense pleasure in its youth the 2016 Woodcutter’s Shiraz will no doubt develop into an impressive wine with a few years in the cellar.