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Torbreck The Laird 2016 1.5L

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    Torbreck is a winery on a mission to become one of the world's great wine brands. Since 1994, they have remained committed to creating exceptional Rhone-style red and white wines that reflect the very best vineyards in Australia's famous Barossa region. Provenance is everything to them, and they believe that the Barossa is the most exciting place to make wine in the world. With a European sense of tradition, Torbreck pays tribute to the vineyards with minimal intervention, creating wines of richness, structure and length that age gracefully. The multi-generational growers, whose descendants arrived here nearly two centuries ago, are the backbone of Torbreck's winemaking aspirations. They work in partnership with the people of the Barossa who grow their fruit, always aiming to get the very best out of their vineyard sites. At Torbreck, they constantly seek to understand the difference between all of these special places in the Barossa and how this combination of soil, climate and farming experience is reflected in unique grape flavors. They are simply custodians, enhancing the innate expressiveness of the wines and enabling them to reveal over time their individual origins and personality. Torbreck is actually named after the forest near Inverness, Scotland where the winery's founder, David Powell worked as a lumberjack after completing university studies.

    The winemaking style at Torbreck is meticulous and dedicated to producing exceptional wines. They use carefully selected 225-litre oak barriques for maturation, known as Dominique Laurent 'Magic Casks'. The oak is personally harvested from Forêt de Tronçais in Allier, and the staves are aged for 48 to 54 months at an exposed location for maximum seasoning. The staves are then hand-made into barrels and heated over three differing flames for several hours, resulting in a gentle toast due to the remarkable density of the wood. Torbreck's winemaking style reflects their commitment to producing exceptional wines that reflect the unique terroir of the Barossa region.

    Torbreck The Laird is the result of a rare and remarkable opportunity that Torbreck seized with passion and dedication. When presented with the chance to work with one of the most renowned vineyards in the Barossa Valley, they knew something extraordinary would be created. In 2003, Torbreck was approached by Malcolm and Joylene Seppelt, the fourth generation descendants of the Seppelt family, who entrusted their old Gnadenfrei vineyard in Marananga to Torbreck's winemakers. The vineyard, planted in 1958, spans five acres and is a treasure trove of traditional dry-grown vines sourced from original Barossa clones. Situated on the eastern side of a ridge between Seppeltsfield and Marananga appellations, the vineyard faces south and benefits from meticulous hand-tending, traditional farming methods and the expertise of a grower with a lifetime of experience in Western Barossa's unique dark clay loam and red friable clay soils. The meticulous care lavished upon these aged vines results in low yields of small, concentrated Shiraz berries that are the envy of winemakers throughout the Barossa Valley. When Torbreck first tasted the wine produced from this vineyard, it was clear that something truly exceptional had been created. Longingly, they watched as the wine was returned to the Seppelts, knowing that it was the best they had ever made. In 2005, Torbreck's unyielding belief in the potential of this vineyard led them to convince the Seppelts to sell the fruit, marking the birth of The Laird. Recognized as one of the world's greatest single vineyard Shiraz wines, The Laird solidifies its reputation as Torbreck acquired the Gnadenfrei vineyard in 2013, ensuring its legacy.

    Torbreck The Laird Shiraz 2016 1.5L is a highly acclaimed wine that showcases the exceptional craftsmanship and dedication of Torbreck Vintners in the Barossa Valley. This vintage represents the pinnacle of their winemaking expertise and the unique terroir of the region. In the glass, The Laird Shiraz 2016 displays a deep, inky purple colour, indicating its concentration and intensity. The nose is greeted with an enticing bouquet of ripe blackberries, dark cherries and plums. These luscious fruit aromas are complemented by hints of spices like cinnamon and liquorice, as well as savoury notes of wet earth and native eucalypt, adding complexity and depth to the aromatic profile. On the palate, The Laird Shiraz 2016 reveals its full-bodied nature with a velvety texture. The concentrated flavors of black fruits continue to shine, accompanied by nuances of dark chocolate, espresso and a touch of black pepper. The wine showcases a perfect balance between fruit, oak, and tannins, resulting in a well-structured and elegant profile. The finish is long and lingering, leaving a lasting impression of dark fruit flavors, spices and a touch of earthiness. Torbreck The Laird Shiraz 2016 1.5L is a wine of exceptional quality and character. It represents the epitome of Torbreck's commitment to producing top-quality Shiraz from the Barossa Valley. This vintage is drinking beautifully now, but it also has the potential to age gracefully, allowing the flavors to further integrate and evolve over time.

    Very deep, dark red colour with some purple tinges, almost unctuous in the glass. The bouquet is distinctively different to the other Torbreck reds: Dark chocolate, brown spices, dried flowers, freshly-turned earth and a hint of nutmeg. A wide range of spices. Mocha, dark-chocolate-coated black cherries, the palate full-bodied and quietly massive, invading the entire mouth and leaving multi-layered flavours that last and last. A lot of oak has been soaked up by this wine, but, while it certainly influences the style, it's in balance. An impressive wine indeed. (3 years in Dominique Laurent Magic casks) - Huon Hooke, The Real Review, 97 points, February 2021

    The Finer Details
    Style - Red Wine
    Varietal - Shiraz
    Country - Australia
    Region - Barossa Valley, South Australia
    Vintage - 2016
    Bottle Size - 1.5L
    ABV - 15.5%