Torbreck Hillside Shiraz Roussanne 2021
- Rich, full-bodied
- Barossa Valley
Another one of those ‘knock it out of the park’ moments for Torbreck. There’s no secret that they’ve been at the forefront of quality and innovation in Barossa for a long while. They don’t just talk the talk, in fact they work in protecting old vines, encouraging minimal intervention practices, and prioritising the integrity of every drop of wine under the Torbreck label. This wine comes off the Hillside vineyard in Lyndoch planted in the mid-1800’s, a site that boasts quality but yields small quantities in its old age. The highly aromatic shiraz from this vineyard is co-fermented with a small amount of roussanne skins in decadent Rhône style. It’s these small details that have led to a superbly balanced wine even in its youth- mulberry, plum, and blackberry play off the mineral, brooding deepness on the palate. A faithful Barossan treasure.
“To say it simply: this wine is ridiculous value. There's something simultaneously unique yet comfortable about the way this drinks: like an old friend from years past. It's hard not to be in the moment with this in your glass, developing with each sip into something truly engrossing.”
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- Barossa Valley
- Alcohol by Vol.
- Bottle Vol
- Blend Info
- 95% Shiraz, 5% Roussanne
- Serving Temp.
Founded by Dave Powell in 1994 and effectively taking Barossa to the world, Torbreck are considered an upstart, a revolutionary and a pin-up for Australian wine. With some of the most expensive, voluptuous and downright massive reds on the planet, they were bound to be divisive, but also bound to impress. They don’t go for mass market appeal, they go for their target market – those who love such wines. Every wine from Torbreck is special, sourced from special vineyards and made with careful attention and no shying away from their vision. We can’t say that there hasn’t been turmoil and controversy along the journey, but the wines speak for themselves, free from such human issues. And they speak loudly.
'Barossa Valley'. This is Australia's key wine brand overseas, in the US especially. It's our riposte to 'Champagne', 'Scotch' and 'Barolo'. My mind conjures these images, in this order: Shiraz, Penfolds wine, Maggie Beer condiments. All of which can GET - IN - MY - BELLY! But there is so much more to the Barossa than first glance. There are fringe (and not so fringe) winemakers actively working to classify the valley's subregions, and this is a very worthy cause. From Moppa to Seppeltsfield to Marananga there's a lot of variation, and the styles produced can vary immensely. This is the next step in the vision of this region (which, let's face it, is a baby in the scheme of things), as it gets acquainted with its strengths, weaknesses and future opportunities.It's a region that's not sorry to produce the big, fruit-driven wine styles that make it so popular. So drink to the future of the Barossa, because it's as bright as any other region on the world stage.