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2017 Torbreck Shiraz Woodcutter's Barossa Valley
1/16/2020 - sfwinelover1 wrote:
89 points
Recent one off purchase ($17.99) @ Costco. Probably inevitable I try a wine at this price point by the makers of Runrig which received a 93 and was in the WS 100 best. Surprisingly muted nose of red and black fruit. 1 oz pour on opening, with the bottle left open but not decanted for an hour. Initial taste had lots of brambly fruit, particularly blackberries, and lesser notes of dark flowers and just a touch of vanilla with fairly strong tannins and an acidic tang on the end. After the hour, the tang was gone, the tannins mostly integrated. Dark crimson, light to medium bodied, light to medium legs. No heat despite the 15.0 abv, light to moderate persistence. Nice match with the leftover pork tenderloin. The fruit in this wine is quite vibrant, the wine is well-balanced and it's pleasant to drink for sure, but the wine is quite primary and linear (or, in non-winedrinkers' lingo, simple), doesn't have much sense of varietal or place, and drinks more like its price point (if well at this price point) than the WS 93, or a Runrig. It's young and could get more interesting, and you're not out much if you hold a bottle for a few years, but it strikes me more as a pleasant quaff now, and a way to keep my average wine consumption price down than a sure bet to develop into something more down the road. Would certainly consider buying again at this price. 88-89
  • Wolfgang commented:

    1/17/20, 11:18 AM - the makers of Runrig and Grange?

    You may want to check on that.

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