Torbreck’s flagship is the 2005 Run Rig, a 97% Shiraz cuvee sourced from 120- to 160-year-old vines with 3% finished Viognier added before bottling. It spent 30 months in 60% new French oak. Opaque purple/black in color, it has a kinky, exotic bouquet of fresh road tar, smoke, lavender, black pepper, game, blueberry, and black raspberry. Full-bodied and opulent on the palate, the wine is dense, packed, and unevolved. It will continue to open up over the next 10-12 years and drink well through 2040 in the style of a Chapoutier Hermitage. If it develops as I think it will, it will be a candidate for perfection down the road.
It is neither the supreme plots of land with their fantastic, fertile soils, nor the inclusion of fruit from 100+ year old vines, nor their 'minimal' intervention winemaking that makes Torbreck wine stand out amongst the crowd. These factors are all simply a minimum standard for Torbreck. The exemplary features of the wines stem from David Powell's relentless efforts, uncompromising winemaking vision and pig-headed stubbornness not to conform. Apart from two very small production curvees, Torbreck's Les Amis and The Pict, David Powell did not believe in single vineyard wines. Nearly all the wines he produced were blends of his own inspired inventions. The aim was for selected vineyards to go into the same wine each year. For example, the components of Run Rig consistently come form the same eight "old and ancient" vineyards. On a somewhat larger scale the Steading wines are composed of up to 150 different components from around 34 different vineyards, Small batch winemaking and blending are the hallmarks of Torbreck's style.
Former winemaker, Dave Powell has sinced moved on to Powell & Son and is no longer associated with this label, however Torbreck is still a force to be reckoned with; firmly entrenched un the upper echelons of the Barossa Valley's wine elite. Powell built Torbreck from nothing to a world-renowned brand, selling blockbuster Barossa reds. *All our double magnums and imperials are personally signed by David Powell.
Situated in South Australia, 60 kilometres northwest of Adelaide, lies the Barossa Valley which has been producing wine since 1842 and these days is recognised as Australia’s quintessential wine region. The hot climate mixed with the ironstone and sandstone soil in the valley, makes excellent growing conditions for grapes and in particular, Shiraz (or Syrah) which classically is full bodied with earthy and spicy notes. Over the last 15 years there has also been an increased interest in the other red Rhone varietals Grenache and Mourvedre. The non-irrigated old vineyards on the cooler west side of the valley are the most treasured and provide fruit for Australia’s most famous wine, Penfolds Grange among many other top-quality bottlings.
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