2017 Torbreck "Woodcutter's" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia

SKU #1369869 93 points James Suckling

 Loads of brambleberries and dried elderberries are framed against dried meat, bark, vanilla, mocha and dark chocolate. Plush yet energetic on the palate, this weaves round, chewy and decadent tannins and runs them through a luxurious tapestry of dark fruit. Drink now or hold.  (6/2019)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Aromatic and stylish, opening with violet, white pepper and subtle sweet cream notes. The core gushes with huckleberry and wild blueberry flavors, revealing shades of rosemary and apricot. Supple and smooth, with tannins hanging in the background, providing appealing traction. The finish sails on and on. (MW)  (5/2019)

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.


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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/11/2019 | Send Email
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.

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/5/2019 | Send Email
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.

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/4/2019 | Send Email
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.

By: Elsa Baez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/4/2019 | Send Email
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.

By: Cameron Hoppas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/3/2019 | Send Email
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!

By: Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/3/2019 | Send Email
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!

By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/3/2019 | Send Email
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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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.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Barossa Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5
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