Torbreck The Struie 2018
The Struie is a wonderfully aromatic and deeply concentrated wine produced from the harmonious combination of both regions, delivering layers of dark chocolate characters and defining structure. Nuances of plum, blackberries, violets and hidden spice characters all further enhance the natural elegance and tension of the fruit quality. The Struie will certainly age tremendously well over the next decade. Torbreck’s 2018 The Struie is a 75-25 blend of Barossa Valley and Eden Valley fruit. All Shiraz, aged 20 months in mainly used French oak (there’s 15% new oak), it boasts an opulent, nearly creamy mouthfeel, ample weight and richness and a lingering, supple finish. Those structural elements all guide notes of camphor, grilled beef, plummy fruit, vanilla and cola easily across the full-bodied palate, making this a wine that’s deceptively easy to drink, despite its concentration and complexity. It should drink well for 10-15 years. A blend of 75% Barossa Valley and 25% Eden Valley shiraz with 25% new French barriques. The nose has a striking sense of tarry and spicy elements, savory and spicy at once. There’s a very fresh, linear feel to the ripe, rich and concise palate. Vibrant tannins carry rich blackberry and raspberry flavors long and polished. Drink or hold. Rich and concentrated up front, with complex and seamless notes of blueberry, huckleberry and wild blackberry, with details of cedar, violets, and white pepper. Finds plenty of harmony on the finish, with hints of mocha and supple, velvety tannins. Drink now through 2030. 300 cases imported.