Torbreck

Torbreck Vintners was founded by David Powell in 1994. The roots go back to 1992 when David, who was then working at Rockford, began to discover and clean up a few sections of dry-grown old vines. Near lifeless, he nurtured them back to health and was rewarded with small parcels of fruit that he made into wine. David was able to secure a contract for the supply of grapes from a run-down but ancient Shiraz vineyard. He managed to raise enough money to share-farm the vineyard, a practice which involves paying the owner a percentage of the market rate for his grapes in return for totally managing the vineyard. This share-farming principle has enabled Torbreck to use fruit from the very best vineyards in the Barossa Valley, which is home to some of the most precious old vines in the world.

In 1995 David crushed three tonnes of grapes and fermented them into wine in a shed on his 12-hectare Marananga property. He named his wine 'Torbreck' after a forest in Scotland where he worked as a lumberjack. The Torbreck endeavour is based around the classic Barossa Valley varietals of Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro, and a love for the wines of France's Rhone Valley. Torbreck doesn't only make red wines though, we have Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne planted on our winery block which we have blended to make a white wine. In July 2002 the historic Hillside property was acquired by Torbreck. Situated in Lyndoch, it is one of the original Barossa properties. Vast and picturesque it contains some magnificent old and ancient vineyards that will further our source of premium quality fruit. The Hillside property contains a wonderful native ecosystem that supports a myriad of flora and fauna. Plans are underway to restore Hillside to it's former glory and create wines to reflect the history and significance of this grand old property. In June 2003 at the finish of vintage, we opened our cellar-door for sales. An original settlers hut, it has been lovingly restored and provides a personal touch and some Barossa warmth whilst you taste our wines. It is open daily and we welcome any visits. A new winery and administration facility was completed in 2008 on land acquired from a next door neighbour. This enables our grapes to be made into wine using the best available equipment and then bottled 'on the estate' using our own bottling line. We now have complete control of all aspects of production that sees a new benchmark of wine quality established by us in the Barossa Valley. In 2008 Torbreck Vintners was acquired by Pete Kight. Pete has wine interests in both the U.S. and Australia and is committed to ensuring the ongoing excellence of Torbreck wines. He truly believes that our best wines are yet to come.

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Torbreck 'Woodcutters' Shiraz 2017
“This wine reflects the up and coming Shiraz vineyards of the Barossa, rather than the battle hardened old vines that make up the core of our other cuvées. But like all Torbreck wines, Woodcutter’s Shiraz receives the very best viticultural and winemaking treatment. Fruit is sourced from
Item Number: 29090
Bottle:$16.95
Case: $203.40
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Torbreck 'Woodcutters' Shiraz 2016
95  James Suckling 
James Suckling 95 “This shows the greatness of the vintage with graphite, stone, oyster shell, blackberry, and licorice. Smoke undertone. Full body yet linear and energetic with a fabulous finish. A stunning wine. Great value for the quality. Drink now. Screw cap.”-JS  “Torbreck, founded in 1994

Torbreck 'Woodcutters' Shiraz 2015
93  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 93 "A beautiful expression of shiraz from Barossa with a freshness and linear length to it. Medium to full body, fine and intense. Spice and meat character is all here. Just hint of peanuts. Screw cap."-WS  The Wine Advocate 90 "Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Woodcutter's

Torbreck 'Woodcutters' Shiraz 2014
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91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91 "Juicy, with maple syrup–scented wild blackberry and currant flavors that are effusive and generous. Pepper, rosemary and black tea notes lead to a firming finish. Drink now through 2028. 19,000 cases made"  "The name Woodcutter’s stems from former owner/winemaker David

Torbreck The Bothie 2012 375ml
"Equally as enjoyable as an aperitif as it is with dessert, the 2012 Bothie displays beautifully fragrant aromas of fresh pine/lime, melon and lychee accompanied by extraordinary floral notes. The subtle, clean flavours of lemon sorbet, lemon tart and orange rind balance perfectly with the residual

Torbreck 'Woodcutters' Shiraz 2013
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90  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 90 "Opaque ruby. Heady smoky- and spice-accented black and blue fruit scents, with hints of violet and cracked pepper building in the glass. Sappy and focused on the palate, offering juicy blackberry and cassis flavors plus a hint of floral pastille. This concentrated, energetic Shiraz

Torbreck 'The Steading' Red 2011
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Spectator 90 "Peppery, meaty aromas weave through the generous, open-textured cherry and guava flavors, lingering quietly on the velvety finish. Gains momentum with each sip. Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro. Drink now through 2018."   The Wine Advocate 90 "Medium garnet colored, the 2011 The

Torbreck 'The Steading' Red 2010
94  James Halliday 
James Halliday 94  "A blend of grenache, shiraz and mataro that has greater weight and complexity than the colour would suggest, even to the extent of touches of spice and chocolate; the overall balance between fruit, oak and tannins is good, and merits medium-term cellaring."  Wine Advocate 93

Torbreck 'RunRig' Shiraz 2010
100  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 100 " Deep garnet-black with a hint of purple to the color, the 2010 RunRig taunts at first with a slightly closed nose before it engages with subtle kirsch, preserved plum, dried mulberry and Christmas cake notes intermingled with hints of violets, cinnamon stick, mocha and game.

Torbreck 'Woodcutters' Shiraz 2012
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91  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 91 "Glass-staining ruby. Smoke-accented blackberry and cassis aromas are complicated by notes of licorice and star anise. Lush, dense and quite primary, with very good clarity to its sappy black and blue fruit flavors. An exotic hint of candied violet brightens the impressively long,

Torbreck 'Woodcutters' Shiraz 2011
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91  "The 2011 Woodcutters Shiraz doesn’t miss a beat in this difficult vintage. Deep garnet-purple colored, it is scented of cassis, black plums and macerated blackberries over nuances of charcoal, black pepper, smoked duck breast and violets. Full-bodied and packed with black berry

Torbreck Woodcutter's Shiraz 2010
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "Very deep purple-black colored, the 2010 Woodcutters Shiraz is a little reduced to begin, giving way to youthful aromas of black fruits, blueberry and blackberry preserves with underlying cassis, chocolate, nut and licorice hints. Full and rich, this mouth-filling wine is well

Torbreck The Factor 2004
97  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 97 "The 2005 The Factor is 100% Shiraz sourced from dry grown vines from six sub-regions of Barossa. It spent 24 months in 30% new French oak. Opaque purple-colored, it delivers an expressive bouquet of pepper, smoke, espresso roast, blackberry, blueberry, and licorice. Full-bodied

Torbreck Les Amis 2003
98  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 98 "The 2003 Les Amis is a 300-case cuvee of 100% Grenache from a vineyard planted in 1901. I have had a lot of fun serving the 2002 blind to guests, and for my taste, this cuvee is the reference point for old vine Grenache produced in Australia. It is extraordinarily elegant for a

Torbreck Struie 2005
94  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 94 "The 2005 The Struie was sourced from cooler Eden Valley and Barossa Valley hillside vineyards. It is David Powells attempt to showcase the cooler side of the region. Vine age ranges from 46-110 years old. The wine was aged for 18 months in older French oak before being bottled

Torbreck The Bothie 2005 375ml
89  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 89 "The 2005 The Bothie, while drier and less viscous than its French counterpart, offers a pleasant floral and honeysuckle perfume, light to medium-bodied flavors, and a moderate finish. It is best served as an aperitif on hot summer days. Torbreck, under the leadership of


Torbreck Woodcutter's Shiraz 2009
90  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 90 "Deep garnet purple-colored, the 2009 Woodcutter's Shiraz is intensely scented of ripe cherry, kirsch and blackberry preserve with some floral notes and nuances of jasmine tea and spice box. Full bodied, concentrated and crisp in the mouth, it has a medium level of fine tannins to

Torbreck Woodcutter's Semillon 2005
90  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 90 "Readers looking for a delicious, crisp, honeyed, elegant, complex dry white need search no further than the 2005 Semillon Woodcutters. There are 3,000 cases of this tank and neutral wood-aged effort. Medium to full-bodied, pure, fresh, and lively, it offers hints of quince,

Torbreck The Bothie 2011 375ml
"Equally as enjoyable as an aperitif as it is with dessert, the 2011 Bothie  displays beautifully fragrant aromas of fresh pine/lime, melon and lychee  accompanied by extraordinary floral notes. The subtle, clean flavours of  lemon sorbet, lemon tart and orange rind balance perfectly with the

Torbreck Struie 2003
93  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 93 "The 2003 The Struie is a 4,000-case blend of cooler climate, high altitude Eden Valley fruit combined with small amounts of Barossa grapes. Aged 8 months in wood (20% new), it is a deep, chewy, fleshy effort displaying floral, peppery, incense notes intermixed with white

Torbreck Run Rig 2004
99  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 99+ "The flagship 2004 Run Rig is 96.5% Shiraz and 3.5% Viognier with the Shiraz component aged for 30 months in a mixture of new and used French oak. Yields were a minuscule 14 hl/ha (about 1 ton per acre). Saturated opaque purple/black, it has a remarkably kinky, exotic perfume of

Torbreck Struie 2004
96  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 96 "The 2004 The Struie is 100% Shiraz from 40-60-year old and 120-year old vineyards. Half of the fruit is from the Eden Valley and half from the Barossa, and the wine spends 18 months in French oak (20% new). An exotic bouquet of blackberries and other sweet fruits is followed by a

Torbreck Les Amis 2004
98  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 98 "The brilliant 2004 Les Amis (100% Grenache aged 18 months in new oak) is fashioned from a vineyard planted in 1903. While it does not have quite the size and power of the 2002 Les Amis, it is still a Grenache on steroids. With wonderful purity, more elegance than the 2002, and

Torbreck The Factor 2003
96  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 96 "The 2003 The Factor (100% Shiraz aged 24 months in old French oak) is a riveting effort that displays the exquisite talent of David Powell. Its smoky perfume of blackberry liqueur intermixed with cherries, acacia flowers, and espresso roast is followed by a full-throttle,