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A 95-Point Barossa Shiraz for Under $19 - A Triumph of the Vintage - 12/11/2017 - Australia

When Torbreck’s founder Dave Powell moved on to start other projects, many wondered whether the quality of the wines would persist. These concerns were soundly put to rest with the release of the 2016 "Woodcutter's" Shiraz. Not only is the wine brilliant, in our estimation it’s the best it’s ever been. Our excitement was very much echoed in James Suckling’s glowing 95-point review, in which he highlights the excellence of the vintage and the wine’s outstanding value.

The team at Torbeck have really outdone themselves by crafting a Barossa Shiraz that defies all expectations and raises an already impressive bottling to a whole new level. Opulent, rich, and brimming with black and red fruit flavors, its expansive palate is joined by accents of spice cake and enticing floral aromas. It’s so dynamic and expressive that it belies its modest $18.95 price. A delightful expression of the best Barossa can offer, this 2016 is the kind of red that will appeal to a very broad audience making it an ideal bottle to share with family and friends. While there is no denying this is a big and bold effort, it is also remarkably approachable in its youth - this is “pop and pour” at its finest. We recommend loading up on this one for both the holidays and beyond.

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2016 Torbreck "Woodcutter's" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia Price: Hidden

95 points James Suckling: "This shows the greatness of the vintage with graphite, stone, oyster shell, blackberry, and licorice. Smoke undertone. Full body yet linear and energetic with a fabulous finish. A stunning wine. Great value for the quality. Drink now." (07/2017)

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 01, 2017

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.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 01, 2017

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.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 29, 2017

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.