Torbreck The Struie Shiraz 2019
- Rich, full-bodied
- Barossa Valley
The Struie is an absolute staple of the Australian fine wine landscape and displays Torbreck’s relentless quest for perfection. A recent visit to their impeccable facilities in Maranaga solidified for me that they are an absolutely world class producer.
The Struie is from predominantly Barossa fruit, with a splash of high altitude Eden shiraz which provides a graceful lift of perfumed aromatics, bound to get those taste buds dancing. This vintage shows concentrated, high quality grapes, coupled with 20 months in French oak barrels (20% of which is new) and you’ve got a core of power surrounded by a lashing of finesse. From vines averaging 50 years of age, the Struie remains as consistent as ever and this is a bottle you can certainly show off to wine aficionados world wide. Drinking well now and for the next decade at least!
“From vines averaging 50yo, 92% from Barossa Valley western ranges, 8% from Eden Valley. Matured 20 months in 20% new French oak barrels. A show stopper. Profound, luminescent black purple. A compact, dense singularity of satsuma plum, blackberry and licorice, framed in a confidently hewn shell of fine, mineral tannins and well-executed dark chocolate and coffee bean oak. Coiled up tight, all it asks for is time to unravel and build on the finish.”
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- Barossa Valley
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- 100% Shiraz
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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.