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Torbreck’s come a long way since the ‘early days’ in the mid-90’s of founder Dave Powell rummaging through old, decrepit Barossa Shiraz vineyards, nursing them back to health, then striking deals with the growers to use the fruit if he kept farming it.

That policy served Dave well as that fruit helped Torbreck become one of the world’s icon wineries.

In 2008, Dave sold and has since moved on to other projects, but the team in place now looks to have things well under control if this wine is any indication.

In early 2017, one of the Barossa Valley’s brightest and most experienced talents, Ian Hongell, came aboard and joined the Torbreck team as chief winemaker.  This guy knows the Barossa like no other, and it shows with this, his first full ‘go’ at Torbreck’s Woodcutter’s Shiraz.

“The name Woodcutter's stems from when Powell spent several years working in the Scottish Highlands as a lumberjack or woodcutter in the Torbreck forest. Like all Torbreck wines it's sourced from hand harvested and hand tended, low yielding vines. It is then open fermented and gently basket pressed, and aged on fine lees for 12 months in large format seasoned barrels and foudres.

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. Mild conditions during veraison and light rains in January and February 2017 were followed by an extended warm, dry Indian summer, creating perfect ripening conditions through to April 2017. An outstanding vintage producing bright, aromatic whites and intense, well-structured reds.”

This wine is the philosophical opposite of what people think of when they consider South Australian Shiraz and how it’s made, the old ‘lots of new American oak’ and ‘picking raisins’ theories carry no relevance or weight here.

The result? Classic Barossa. No matter how you grow it or age it, a wine’s terroir, if strong, will prevail. And, as we’ve stated before, there may be no terroir in the world (with apologies to Burgundy and Cote Rotie) stronger than the Barossa Valley.
But these key winemaking philosophies that the winery has instituted have generated a next-level Barossa Shiraz, a wine with ‘freshness’, ‘balance’ yet ‘opulent’ and ‘deep’, a wine that is most certainly one of the more impressive sub-$20 wines we’ve sold, no matter the country or style.  Big, but not heavy, ‘slippery’ on the palate, but still firmly grounded, it’s a wine for all drinkers, all seasons.

Ian has hit the ground running with the Torbreck 2017 Woodcutters Shiraz.  In fact, straight out of the block he may have made the best version of this impressive value that we’ve ever tasted, even better than that off-the-chain 2016, which he helped guide into bottle.

From Wine Spectator:

“Aromatic and stylish, opening with violet, white pepper and subtle sweet cream notes. The core gushes with huckleberry and wild blueberry flavors, revealing shades of rosemary and apricot. Supple and smooth, with tannins hanging in the background, providing appealing traction. The finish sails on and on. Drink now through 2035. 93 Points.”

How big is that score?

Here’s the company this wine is keeping qualitatively as far as Wine Spectator is concerned:
 
 
2016
93
$250
 
 
2013
93
$203
 
 
2015
93
$190
 
 
2016
93
$150
 
 
2015
93
$150
 
 
2017
93
$75
 
 
2016
93
$100
 
 
2017
93
$25
 
 
2016
93
$69
 
 
2016
93
$125
 
 
2016
93
$69
 
Look at that lineup!  Not a lot of wines that don’t have a ‘1’ or triple digits in the price on that list.  I think it’s pretty safe to say that, at $19.98 a bottle this wine is a certifiable steal.  Congrats to the Torbreck team and Happy Hunting!
Torbreck Woodcutter's Shiraz Barossa Valley 2017
93 Points! Aromatic and stylish, opening with violet, white pepper and subtle sweet cream notes. The core gushes with huckleberry and wild blueberry flavors, revealing shades of rosemary and apricot. Supple and smooth, with tannins hanging in the background, providing appealing traction. The finish sails on and on. Drink now through 2035. - Wine Spectator
ONLY $19.98
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