Finds from the Vine: Impress your loved one with Aussie shiraz
Vail CO, Colorado
VAIL, Colorado “-It’s one week until Valentine’s Day, so impress your loved one with a big, silky, rich, lush, voluptuous, sexy (I am out of suggestive descriptors) red wine. The 2005 Torbreck “The Struie” Shiraz, from the Barossa Valley in south Australia, is just now hitting its stride. It is massive, with big dark cherry, earth, blueberry, cocoa, mint, graphite and light tannins on the finish. The Shiraz comes from vineyards in Barossa Valley proper and its cooler sub-region, the Eden Valley. The Eden Valley fruit adds nice acidity, and an iron/graphite edge not always found in Australian Shiraz. The Struie is perfectly balanced, with ripe but not over-ripe berry flavors, a little acidity and tannins to help it pair with dark meats and stews, and a silky and rich body (well, there I go again) that just won’t quit on the long finish.
Owner and winemaker Dave Powell founded Torbreck in 1994, naming the winery after a forest in Scotland where he cut down trees (he was a lumberjack, not a man just randomly deforesting Scotland). After a divorce forced him to sell the winery (he was still manager and winemaker), he recently repurchased it with the help from the owner of Quivira winery, in Sonoma County.
The 2005 Torbreck “The Struie” is 100 percent Shiraz. The Eden Valley vines are 46 years old and the Barossa Valley vines are from 64 to 110 years old. Now THAT is old vine Shiraz! The deep earth and graphite notes show this vine age. The wine was aged for 18 months in older Fench barrels. The 2005 Torbreck “The Struie” Shiraz is $57. When first tasted in November 2007, the 2005 The Struie made my Top 10 wines of 2007 list. This is what Aussie Shiraz can be.