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A True Expression of Barossa Shiraz?

This is the kind of red I liked to drink with a hearty meal after a hard day’s work in the wood, but you don’t have to be a woodcutter to enjoy it.  Slàinte mhath,  Winemaker David Powell

Given the challenge to find a Barossa for under $30, I trekked out to my local wine shops and found many above this price point. WineStone in Chestnut Hill had this Torbreck Woodcutter’s Shiraz for $23 so I grabbed a bottle.

David Powell has a passionate belief in the Barossa Valley which he mixes with a love of Rhone wines and varietals. Torbreck is named for a Scottish forest where he worked as a lumberjack.  All Torbreck wines are hand harvested.

The Woodcutter’s Shiraz comes from younger vines than others in the Torbreck portfolio and is meant to be a “true expression of Barossa Valley Shiraz.”

The wine poured out an extremely dark, inky red almost black color.  A sniff gave me wood, lots of it, with cherry lurking in the background. Bottled without fining or filtration, this is one raw and powerful wine. The first sip made me glad I’ve been working out so it didn’t knock me over.  First comes the oak, then the tannins, and finally the fruit.  Much as the winemaker noted, a hearty meal is a great accompaniment – this is not a sipping wine. Given that the Barossa has a strong German heritage, I could see this wine with a traditional meal.

Decanting for at least 30 minutes is advised. I also think another year or so of aging would allow the flavors to become more complex.  I can’t wait to see how this wine transforms on the second night of drinking it, and will update this post with what I find!

Night 2: Still fierce!

Are you an expert on Barossa Shiraz? Is this really “a true expression?” I haven’t had enough wines from Barossa to know, so please share!

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