Hello Wine Lovers. It has been a while between drinks, but I am back and with a big wine under the SA Wine Guy microscope. Tonight’s review is from a newer wine name from the Barossa Valley, Torbreck Vintners.
I have reviewed many Barossa Valley Shiraz’s, however this is the first review of a Shiraz with just a hint of Viognier. Viognier is a white wine grape, and here in Australia, there are a few wineries that add a small percentage of this variety to their Shiraz to add extra dimension to their wines.
What Viognier does is rounds off the big robust edges of bold wines. The acid in the grape brings out sweetness in the red wines that it is blended with. This also means that these big bold reds don’t require so much tannin backing because the acid keeps the fruit refined.
Now onto this big wine.
The nose gives off aromas of Black Fruit, Oak, Apricot, Dark Cherry. It also displays a real vintage library smell, like there is a story behind the wine a blend of fine wood and age like it has stood the tests of time. This wine has that distinct “historical element” behind it.
The Palate is an array of soft semi sweet black fruits, and the presence of Viognier has rounded off the dark fruits and tannin up front on this wine, and has pushed a bit of sweetness on to the palate; yet it has not lost it’s roots of Shiraz. This wine is very balanced and works through to a real black forest flavour with hints of star anise with mild grainy tannin.
Although Drinking well now, there is promise in this wine to keep on rewarding your patience for years to come.
For the first time visit to this winery, I was not disappointed by any of their wines. All of them I scored above 90 points. This wine though was the major highlight of my tastings.
Drink: Now to 2045
The SA Wine Guy