2009 Torbreck Shiraz Woodcutters Red

Year: 2009
Appellation: Barossa Valley
Country: Australia
Wine Advocate: 90
Red Wine
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"Deep garnet purple-colored, the 2009 Woodcutter’s Shiraz is intensely scented of ripe cherry, kirsch and blackberry preserve with some floral notes and nuances of jasmine tea and spice box. Full bodied, concentrated and crisp in the mouth, it has a medium level of fine tannins to texture the flesh, finishing long. Drink it now to 2017+.

I’ve long thought that Torbreck’s Woodcutter’s wines deliver amazing value and the recent releases are no exception. This is just a glimpse into David Powell’s line-up of current releases to be featured in the forthcoming South Australia report (TWA Issue 192). 2008 was a challenging vintage for many in the Barossa, and Powell opted not to produce a RunRig that year. The good news for bargain hunters is that he was able to forge a very good entry level Shiraz using some of the declassified fruit." (WA)

Winery 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 & coming Shiraz vineyards of the Barossa, rather than the battle hardened old vines which make up the core of our other cuvee’ s. Dense, rich and opulent, this wine combines great fruit purity with texture, complexity and finesse. It is elegant, structured and powerful and is a fantastic introduction to the Torbreck range. Whilst offering immense pleasure in its youth the 2009 Woodcutter’ s Shiraz will no doubt develop into an impressive wine with a few years in the cellar.

Like all wines in the Torbreck stable, the fruit is sourced from hand harvested and hand tended plots throughout the Northwestern Barossa Valley. It is fermented in our cement, wooden and stainless steel vats for 6-7 days and then basket pressed to well seasoned hogsheads and French oak foudres for 12 months. It is bottled without the use of either fining or filtration