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2005 Torbreck Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French) "Struie"

Torbreck 2005 Shiraz Struie

Winery: Torbreck

Vintage: 2005

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Struie"

Wine Category: Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French)

Grape blend: 100% Shiraz

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Barossa Valley

State or country: Australia

Price: $50

Cases produced: 3,000

KWG Score: 94 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93.99-90)

Review date: March 20, 2008

Wine Review: This 100% Shiraz which has always performed well and is named after a mountain in Scotland where winemaker Dave Powell was a woodcutter. This very dark and deep purple wine opens with a very inviting blueberry like bouquet. On the palate, this medium to full bodied wine is well balanced, very concentrated, shows red current and dark plum like flavors with a bit of spice. The finish is dry, has smooth tannins, and is lengthy. This wine will pair nicely with beef stew. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Sourced from several elevated sites throughout the Barossa & Eden Valleys the Struie reflects the cooler side of the region and showcases the subtle nuances that are gained from hillside viticulture. Possessing a dense and completely opaque hue the 2005 Struie has a wonderfully healthy sheen and great viscosity. The initial aromas of black raspberries, crème de cacao and star anise yield to a fragrant core of slow roasted meats, scorched earth and olive tapenade. Full bodied and tightly structured the palate shows phenomenal ripeness and brooding richness along with a razor-like spine of beautifully integrated acidity and mountain like tannin that will greatly reward those with the patience to cellar it.

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