Grape Variety: Grenache, Syrah & Mourvèdre (Mataro)
Region: South Australia
Appellation: Barossa Valley
Vinification: Fermented in open tanks for 6-7 days
Ageing/Maturation: Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months
Torbreck Old Vines GSM 2016
Deep garnet red with purple hues, the wines high-toned aromas of black cherries, five spice, créme de cassis and lavender are supported by a rich core of roasted earth, liquorice, saddle leather and spice. The palate offers a soft latent richness and silken-like texture with subtle notes of dark cherries, plum and spice- all neatly wound by a taught spine of acidity and ripe supple tannins.
Torbreck Vintners was founded by David Powell in 1994. The roots go back to 1992 when David, who was then working at Rockford, began to discover and clean up a few sections of dry-grown old vines.
Near lifeless, he nurtured them back to health and was rewarded with small parcels of fruit that he made into wine. David was able to secure a contract for the supply of grapes from a run-down but ancient Shiraz vineyard.
He managed to raise enough money to share-farm the vineyard, a practice which involves paying the owner a percentage of the market rate for his grapes in return for totally managing the vineyard. This share-farming principle has enabled Torbreck to use fruit from the very best vineyards in the Barossa Valley, which is home to some of the most precious old vines in the world.