Sunday, May 13, 2012

Review: ***+ $$ Torbreck Woodcutter's Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia, 2006 = GOOD VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Shiraz from Australia is my go-to comfort wine.  This selection is from the hearty Barossa Valley.


Original tasting and review : This is Torbreck Woodcutter's Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia, 2006, finished at 14.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep mahogany, opaque from about 3/4 inch in.

On the nose: Poured cool and swirled vigorously, shows sweet, deep fruit and some stinky feet.  From the aroma, seems like this will be more old-world than most Australian shiraz, but with solid weight.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact deeply fruited, inky really, with some high-toned red notes and definite old-world funk all blended together.  Fruit notes are deep blackberry with a hint of red currant.  Finish is modest in length, but clean given the bold, sweet palate.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a plus for power on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Rates a "good value" designation.

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