Torbreck: The wines that defined Australia.
"Unquestionably one of the world's finest wine producers"
"The seamless structure, effortless balance and great intensity of aroma and flavour - we have Torbreck's David Powell to thank for all that"
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (erobertparker.com)
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 make Torbreck wines 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, Les Amis and The Pict, David Powell did not believe in single vineyard wines. Nearly all the wines he produced were blend 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.
Although founder and former winemaker, Dave Powell is no longer associated with this label, 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. Although Torbreck wines do not come cheap, they can only be seen as incredible value for money considering the highest quality winemaking and huge critic scores (including the perfect 100 Point score from Robert Parker for the 2010 Run Rig), often out-scoring Penfolds Grange and Henschke Hill of Grace, which make Torbreck's Run Rig nothing less than a relative bargain.
Arguably, we have amassed the largest collection of mature Torbreck wines outside of Torbreck's cellar. However, our reserves are alarmingly dwindling. Over 10,000 bottles have sold of the past few months, including all bottles of the flagship Run Rig (some large formats still remain). All good things must come to and end...
We are delighted to share our remaining selection with you, offering you a piece if winemaking history.
All double magnums and imperials are personally signed by David Powell.