James Suckling Torbreck Wines, 2014 Torbreck The Struie Shiraz
"A tried and true piece of Barossa winemaking culture, blending cooler Eden Valley grapes with richer, warmer valley floor material, this has a strikingly spicy and complex nose, opens to bright raspberry, blueberry and mulberry fruits with hints of stone studded earth. The palate has a tangy central thread of red fruit flavor around which a softer wrap of darker plum and blackberry fruits form with smooth, mellow tannin. Has some settling time ahead, give it until at least 2018." –Jul-16
Wine Advocate Torbreck Wines, 2014 Torbreck The Struie Shiraz
"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 The Struie is scented of crushed blackberries, blueberries and cloves with hints of chocolate box, Sichuan pepper and anise. The black fruit and peppery character coat the full-bodied palate with ripe, spicy flavors, supported by rounded tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing with a herbal lift."
The Eden Valley lies within the Barossa Range and consists of river valleys and undulating hills covered with large gums, rocky outcrops and Aboriginal sites. It is a high-altitude area of between 400 and 500 metres, compared with the Barossa Valley's elevation of 200 to 300 metres. This higher altitude, with its (one to two weeks) later ripening pattern, results in more distinctive varietal flavour characteristics, lower pH and higher acidities.
A blend of 44 year old Eden Valley Shiraz vines and 80 year old Barossa Shiraz, The Struie is aged for 18 months in a combination of old and new French oak barriques prior to bottling.