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Torbreck Vintners, The Struie, 2022

Torbreck Vintners, The Struie, 2022

Torbreck Vintners | Barossa Valley, Australia | 75cl
  • Red Still
  • Shiraz
Regular price £180.00
Regular price Offer price £180.00
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Torbreck was established in 1994 from the resurrection of old vines vineyards that had fallen into disrepair on selected sites in The Barossa Valley. Twenty five years later Torbreck makes 19 different cuvées to continued acclaim, sourcing fruit from a number of old, some might say ancient, dry-farmed vines in vineyards.

It will come as no surprise to anyone who has tasted them that Torbreck’s wines have been something of a tribute to the great wines of the Rhône Valley while remaining essentially Barossa.

The Eden Valley is a cooler region, situated to the west of the Barossa Valley. It's a high-altitude area of between 400 and 500 metres, compared with the Barossa Valley’s elevation of 200 to 300 metres. This higher altitude and 1 to 2 weeks later ripening pattern results in more distinctive varietal flavour characteristics, lower pH and higher acidities.

The Struie is a skilful blend of fruit from a 40 year old Eden Valley Shiraz vineyard and an 80 year old Barossa Shiraz vineyard.

What the critics say:

96/100Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate

"The 2022 The Struie is composed of 79% Barossa Valley and 21% Eden Valley fruit. It is impenetrably dense in the glass and aromatic and rich in the mouth. It's totally concentrated with impressive flavor penetration on the palate. This is an epic wine, as usual, and at $55 AUD, it represents sensational premium Barossa Shiraz drinking. It's all velvet and volume, with detail and varietal definition. It could only come from one place on the planet, as it speaks as much to its red dirt origins as it does to the variety, Shiraz. 15% alcohol, sealed under cork and wax."

19+/20Matthew Jukes

"2022 was a wonderful vintage for The Struie. I started to write notes about how this was a pretty boy, a Jude Law of a wine, but as the flavour grew in the glass the dimensions expanded and firmed up on the finish, and entirely different ideas formed in my wine brain. To fully understand this following fanciful description, we must start with this wine’s philosophy – literally its roots. The notion of blending Eden Valley fruit, taken from vineyards situated at 400-500m, with warmer Barossa Valley sites at 200-300m is not new. Many try to craft wines that marry freshness and spice with density and grandeur and fail to get the balance right. I do not want an ugly weld joining these two vehicles. I would rather experience the vinous equivalent of a top-of-the-range Bentley with its ostentatious frippery removed, roll bars fitted, and four-point racing harnesses and bucket seats in place of the kid leather chaises longues. Get rid of the B&O stereo – I want to hear the engine. Ditch the fridge and champagne glasses in the boot and pursue this weight-loss programme with the help of an adrenalin-fuelled mechanic until you have a Titanic engine supported by a lightweight but extraordinarily robust chassis. Remove any nomenclature on the boot and rename this vehicle The Struie. It is a perfectly dimensioned weapon – purring, ready to tear away from the blocks with the perfect balance of power and poise. Welcome to 2022 The Struie. The tech spec is above, and in place of a 0-60mph time, you have a more meaningful score to alert you to just how much I love this wine. "

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OUR GROWERS

Torbreck Vintners

David Powell share-farms the Torbreck vineyard, a practice which involves paying the owner a percentage of the market rate for his grapes in return for totally managing the vineyard. This share-farming principle has enabled Torbreck to use fruit from the very best vineyards in the Barossa Valley, which is home to some of the most precious old vines in the world.

The Torbreck endeavour is based around the classic Barossa Valley varietals of Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro, and a love for the wines of France's Rhone Valley. Their whites are made from Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne.

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