2017 Torbreck "Woodcutter's" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia SKU #1369869

Price: $19.99

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K&L Notes

The name Woodcutter's stems from David Powell’s several years spent working the Scottish highlands as a lumberjack in the Torbreck forest. This wine reflects the up and coming Shiraz vineyards of the Barossa, rather than the battle hardened old vines that make up the core of Torbreck's other cuvées. Dense, rich, and opulent, this wine combines great fruit purity with texture, complexity, and finesse.

Staff Reviews

  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine delivers. It delivers delicious Barossa Shiraz without any baggage. Is big? Yes. Is there a lot of fruit? Yes. Is there spice? Yes. Is it over the top?...... No. It is medium full bodied with lots of dark fruit, spice, enough tannin to square up against the fruit but not enough to dominate a burger. What time of year is it? Summer. What are you doing for a dinner? Grilling. What are you drinking? This.
  • Thomas Smith
    By: Thomas Smith
    K&L Staff Member
    When you think of Australian icons, there are a few names that come to mind: Penfolds. Henschke. Torbreck. The Woodcutter’s Shiraz is a pristinely executed wine that brings the obsessive attention to detail in the vineyard and thoughtfulness in the winery you would expect from a globally recognized producer. What I really love about this wine is its undeniable varietal character--there’s black pepper, charcoal, gamey elements. It might be going a bit too far to call this smoked meat in a glass--but not that far. On the palate, its extremely well balanced. You have excellent, moderate acidity that doesn’t take over the palate, but still provides lift and structure to the wine. There’s a slight element of rich sweetness of fruit that brings weight and texture, and a sizzling spicy character that nearly makes you reach for a glass of water. Even with its benchmark status, this is a phenomenal value at this price.
  • Chris DePaoli
    By: Chris DePaoli
    K&L Staff Member
    Dark, big and juicy; This is classic Barossa Shiraz. Cassis and blackberry and plum and pepper. Tobacco and eucalyptus bracing on the sides. A wine for backyards and summer time, classic Barossa Valley juice is a fine companion to classic California BBQ. Get some.
  • Elsa Baez
    By: Elsa Baez
    K&L Staff Member
    Tobacco, dark fruit, and subtle floral aromas paired with plums, pepper and finishes with hints of herbal earth tones and lush dark fruit. The body is dense but with all of these components, it truly is balanced somehow and one I’d pair with BBQ or grilled steak.
  • Cameron Hoppas
    By: Cameron Hoppas
    K&L Staff Member
    I'm floored by the expressive aromatics on this wine. It screams classic Barossa, but aromas are so bright and fresh. Delicate purple florals, dark fruit, black/white pepper aromas waft above dense structure of rich umami flavors. An easy pairing with grilled red meats, but it may be even better with Korean BBQ!
  • Cameron Price
    By: Cameron Price
    K&L Staff Member
    Do you like Shiraz? Do you like Barossa Valley Shiraz? Not sure? Well after tasting the Woodcutter's Shiraz you'll surely be a convert. This deep purple Oz wine will have you Space Truckin' into awesomeness with the first sip. Big, succulent fruit with lovely acidity and saucy spiciness to balance it out. The Barossa Valley is a serious hot bed of serious Shiraz producers and Torbreck definitely fits the mold. Drink this wine with a juicy steak or your favorite veggie burger if that's your thing. Drink this wine with chocolate or fruit salad, just drink this wine! It's delicious!
  • Neal Fischer
    By: Neal Fischer
    K&L Staff Member
    There's a lot going on here. The Woodcutter is big and rich, but elegant as well. Juicy damson plum mixes with herbal notes and eucalyptus leaves. Just when your nose focuses in on the fruitiness, it switches up and gets more earthy and savory. On the palate this wine is dense, dark, and full-bodied. Cassis is in flavor command without overreaching, and then black pepper jumps in to liven the party. There's medium tannin levels adding just enough structure to tame the roundness. Get me some barbecue.


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