2016 Torbreck "Woodcutter's" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia

SKU #1331152 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.  (7/2017)

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Price: $18.95

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Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2017 | Send Email
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 Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2017 | Send Email
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 Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2017 | Send Email
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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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Barossa Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5