The Torbreck Vintage that was 2013: A JS review
Wednesday September 7, 2016
A result of technique, skills, and hard work the man behind the Torbreck winery was able to bring back to life a barren vineyard in the early 90s. An experienced lumberjack, David Powell named his wine ‘Torbreck’ after a forest in Scotland where he used to work.
After two decades of producing great wines, the winery has yet again received high reviews for their products. Coming from a man with a keen sense of taste and smell – James Suckling – Torbreck Vintners garnered remarkable reviews for their vintages, particularly with their 2013 wines. In July 2016 Tasting Report released by James Suckling, the following wines have the demonstrated unchanging depth and richness, and with a deep sense of opulence and concentration.
Citing this vintage as their best to date, the 2013 RunRig gained 97 points – the highest in this list of 2013 wines: “A very showy vintage of RunRig that opens with plenty of sweet fruit and sweetly spiced oak, everything is turned up, redolent with violets and peppery notes, tar and toffee, chocolate, toasted almonds, vanilla, nougat, blackberry, panforte, plum liqueur and more, it brightens and focuses with air, really impressive. The texture is super layered and beautifully integrated, totally seamless, it builds a long smooth sleeve-like core of dark cherry, blackberry and plum, really pure and deceptively powerful. Impressive now, best from 2020.”
Closely following the RunRig is their 2013 Factor with 96 points: “A very tarry rendition of bold Barossa Shiraz matured in older oak, this trades on the innate depth and power of what is captured in the vineyard, a wine that always excels for its ability to meld complexity with focus and purity. Fruit aromas run a broad gamut from redder raspberries to blue fruits and into blackberry, there's a deeply savoury tarry, coal dusty edge too. The palate has fine and silky tannins that roll in playfully with deceptive weight, depth and power behind them. Essence- like blackberry fruits, plums and caramelised espresso flavours all intermingle in layered formation, velvety ripe tannins are saturated in deeply ripe flavours, this is a profoundly beautiful and stylish wine. Drink now and for 10+ years.”
The winery’s ‘The Gask’ and ‘Descendant’ (both 2013), received 95 points.
Not to be left behind, three 2014 wines has also been well-received by James Suckling — The Struie (93 points), Woodcutter’s Shiraz (92 points), and Cuvée Juveniles (90 points).
Through and through, it is with hard work that made Torbreck a wine family that it is today.
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