Name: Torbreck 'The Struie' Shiraz
Region: Barossa Valley
Producer: Torbreck Vintners
Vinous Review: 91 points
(100% shiraz): Vivid purple. High-pitched, smoke-tinged blackberry and cherry pit aromas are complicated by notes of black olive, spicecake and licorice, with a subtle vanilla quality building in the glass. Sappy and lively on the palate, offering intense dark berry liqueur and violet pastille flavors lifted by a mineral component. Shows surprising heft for the vintage and finishes spicy, focused and very long, with dusty tannins adding shape.
-- Josh Raynolds