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Gavin Hubble - (BSc & Post Grad. Business Marketing) - I started working in the wine industry over 23 years ago in New Zealand. Working in; wine retail, sales, wine production, label & packaging design, marketing, wine buying, consulting and wine education. I am responsible for the Brand Health of 60+ wine brands distributed here in New Zealand. Wine Brands from New Zealand, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina. I work closely with the Trade Industry - (Retail Stores & Restaurants) introducing, educating and positioning exciting and unique brands to wine enthusiasts all over the world.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Torbreck 'Woodcutter's' Shiraz 2011

Grape Variety: 100% Shiraz
Growing Region: Barossa Valley, Australia
Chief Winemaker: David Powell
As Torbreck enthusiasts will be aware - ‘Woodcutter’s’ the name of this Shiraz comes from David Powell’s time spent working in the Scottish Highlands as a lumberjack in the Torbreck forest. This wine as with previous expressions gives you an insight into the younger Shiraz vineyards of the Barossa that Dave has natured back to life. Also it is slightly more approachable in its youth - than some of the more hardened old vines which make up the core of his other cuvee’s. Although this wine is constantly praised for being succulent and rich - perhaps the best feature of this wine is its complexity and texture which are rarely found at this price.
The fruit for this wine is sourced across the north-western region of Barossa Valley from dry grown, bush vines, from hand harvested and hand tended unique sites that include - Marananga, Greenock, Ebenezer, Gomersal, Moppa, Lyndoch and Kalimna.
The fruit was fermented in a combination of their cement, wooden and stainless steel vats for 6-7 days and then basket pressed into well seasoned hogsheads and French oak foudres for 12 months. Then it was bottled without the use of either fining or filtration.
In the glass you are greeted by a dense, rich and opulent dark red wine. On the nose this wine shows ripe dark berries, spice and earthy notes. The combination of great fruit purity mixed with texture, complexity and finesse gives the palate real presence. All of these elements create a wine that is elegant, structured and powerful and is a fantastic introduction to the Torbreck interpretation of old bush vine Shiraz. The finish is rich, full and lingers with a balanced persistence. Whilst offering immense pleasure in its youth the 2011 Woodcutter’s Shiraz if opened in the near future would appreciate being decanted for approx 45-60 minutes, then serve at 16-18°C.
Drinking well this season; and will age gracefully for another 5-7 years.
Perfect wine match with grilled and well seasoned red meats, spicy pizza, tapas and aged hard cheeses, enjoy.
One of the world’s best value Shiraz wines.


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