...I have a dilemma because I really like this wine and have been a fan or their non-traditional purple label for a couple of years now (picture on the left and as we have at present in La Barrique).
However, in the search for more sales the team in SA have decided to go for something a little more (in my opinion) traditional. (Picture on the right)
However, one thing that has not changed is the fantastic quality of this Pinotage and what I think makes it supremely drinkable is the 15% Shiraz that takes the edge off and as such helps soften the often masculine petrolics of Pinotage that can make the varietal overpowering and heavy.
The result is a wine able to be drunk anytime rather than needing a pound of meat to enjoy it with.
Black cherries, red berries and sweet and spicy oak all a the same time.
Wine is often made by people who manage to express their personality in their wine. Dave Powell may not be with Torbreck, the winery he founded, any more but when I try this wine I think of Dave, his larger than life persona and think to myself, yep - this is Dave's wine.
No doubt Mr Powell will be back with something amazing soon enough and I look forward to it with the same excitement some people have waiting for the next episode of Star Wars!
Woodcutter's Shiraz is the entry level wine from Torbreck and a blend of their younger vineyards in the Barossa Valley. It is you would expect from a Barossa Shiraz and more. If you love Aussie Shiraz, you will love this at it's price point.
Cassis, blueberry and a little smokey on the nose. Loads of dense blackberry and liquorice to follow with a hint freshness about the finish.