Torbreck The Struie 2015
The view from the Struie down across the Dornoch Firth is as inspiring as that of the Valley floor from the Barossa Ranges. This wine is a blend of Shiraz from the Eden and Barossa Valleys, combining the best of both regions.
The 2015 vintage clearly benefitted from some early summer rains which changed the course of the vintage. The fruit has wonderful freshness, good acidity, and perfect balance. The Eden Valley component has an almost unbelievable vibrancy and purity which balances the rich Valley fruit perfectly.
One of the most lifted and aromatic Struie wines Torbreck has produced, the harmonious combination of both regions have again delivered a wine with layers of dark cassis fruit characters and defining structure. Nuances of plum, black olive, lavender and plush cherry characters all further enhance the natural elegance and persistence of the fruit quality.
The 2015 Struie will certainly age gracefully well into the next decade.
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
Even with a few years of bottle age this is still a massive blockbuster wine that oozes blackberries, plums, black olives, chocolate, green savory spices and cola-like oak. Sinewy spicy tannins grip a gauzy layer of rich ripe fruit while toasty flashy oak seeps through the cracks. This needs more time for all that oak to settle into the wine and hopefully the fruit will continue going along for the ride. Drink 2021–2029.
Torbreck, founded in 1994 by David Powell, is situated at Marananga on the western ridge of the Barossa. Since that time he has produced some of the world's finest 'Rhone varietal' wines, exclusively from Barossa fruit; this has been acknowledged by the wine press in Europe, America and Australia. The overwhelming majority of his vines are dry-grown, nearly all are 80 - 125 years old and are tended and harvested by hand.
The wines have an extraordinary combination of power, intesity, complexity and great finesse, and bearing in mind the age of the vines and the laughably low yields, no Torbreck wine could ever be accused of being heavy, cloying or over-extracted.