2019 Torbreck The Struie Shiraz
A blend of Barossa Valley (92%) and Eden Valley (8%) fruit, the Barossa Valley contributes plushness and concentration whilst the Eden Valley component brings elegance and structure to the blend. The average age of vines is 50 years old and maturation takes place in a mixture of new (20%) and seasoned French oak for a period of 20 months.
Dense inky black in colour with a very deep black dark red hue. Sailing out of the glass are black cherry liqueur, liquorice and dark plum scents followed by vanillin oak, hints of fennel and spicy pepper notes. Rich and concentrated the palate is soaked in opulence with black cherry, liquorice and black plum fruits overlaying toasty vanillin oak, earthy fennel and spice. Bright youthful acidity with ripe chewy tannins firming up the finish a touch. Excellent power with a long lush aftertaste.
Cellar 5-6 years.
Always a blend of fruit from the Barossa and Eden Valleys, Torbreck's 2019 The Struie is almost entirely Barossa Valley, with only 8% coming from the Eden Valley. Aged in 20% new French oak for 20 months, it's very dark in the glass, with aromas of pencil shavings, blueberries and baking spices. Full-bodied and even more intense than the impressive 2018, it remains supple and smooth from start to finish, where hints of licorice and warmth emphasize the wine's ripeness. Drink 2021-2035.
Joe Czerwinski - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate