2016 Torbreck "Woodcutter's" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia SKU #1331152

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  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    Torbreck does it again with a crowd-pleasing Shiraz that brilliantly showcases Barossa fruit. While this is a rich, full-fruited wine, it manages not to cross over the line into too fat or flabby. This is a delicious, soft, easy drinking red, and a great old school example of what people expect out of Barossa Shiraz.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    I remember when I thought all Aussie Shiraz was just jammy, herbaceous, high alcohol fruit juice. Then my colleague Ryan Woodhouse began tracking down some of the best Shiraz specimen on the planet and turned my world completely upside down (under). Torbreck has long been a standout in the realm of "serious" Shiraz and the wine has only gotten better since winemaker Dave Powell moved on. There is SO MUCH going on here besides gorgeous fruit and bursting acidity. There are meaty notes, spicy undertones, hints of minerality, and flurries of floral elements. This wine is complexity defined. Northern Rhone fans should seriously consider casing up. It's rare to find a Syrah with this much panache for this price. The real shocker is that, despite all that gusto, the wine has finesse and restraint in the face of its brethren. It's never over the top or dialed up too high. I can't say enough good things about it.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    The much anticipated 2016 Torbreck "Woodcutter's" Shiraz is finally here. After hearing the hype surrounding this wine and seeing James Suckling's huge score we couldn't wait to get our hands on it. Now finally in my glass I must admit I'm thoroughly impressed. The wine is bursting with the typical spectrum of Barossa Shiraz aromas and flavors - dark red / black fruit, scorched earth, Asian spice, smoked meat...but the thing I really like about this wine is that it's not OTT at all. In fact I was delighted by the lack of any sweetness, the tannins have a nice firmness that gives good shape and focus to the wines abundant fruit, and the acidity is perfectly placed to keep the wine juicy and quaffable. This has all the richness and decadence that has made Torbreck so revered but there's a sense of refinement and balance here that I really like especially in this inexpensive bottling.
    Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2022


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