Torbreck Woodcutters Semillon (750ml)
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Since 1994 Torbreck has been creating exceptional Rhone style red and white wines reflecting the very best vineyards in Australia’s Barossa Valley. Here is a European sense of tradition; many of the vines that were planted in the 1840s – many of them Rhone varieties such as Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvédre – still thrive and bear fruit of unique concentration and flavour. Torbreck pays tribute to these vineyards with minimal intervention, creating wines of richness, structure and length that age gracefully. The multi-generational growers, whose descendants arrived here nearly two centuries ago, are the backbone of Torbreck’s winemaking aspirations.
Torbreck has had the opportunity to invest in the protection of some of the Barossa’s most precious vineyards, after accepting fruit from them over many years. The historic Hillside Vineyard at Lyndoch, The Laird Vineyard in the sub-region of Marananga and the Greenock Keller Vineyard owned by the Schultz family, are all now under the custodianship of Torbreck.
Torbreck is the name of a forest near Inverness, Scotland. You’ll find more than a passing nod to the Celts in the wine naming conventions including this tribute to the foresters of this rugged high country.
Fashioned with the savoury, food friendly dry whites of Southern France in mind. A wine that shows lifted aromas of fresh citrus fruits of kaffir lime grapefruit pith and tangerine balance by aromatic perfume of citrus flowers and infused candlewax. The palate is tangy with long acidity and cleansing to the finish. Enjoy as either a fresh young wine or age for up to 15 years to reveal brioche, lemon curd pastry like notes.
It is not a typically lemony Semillon, showing more complex aromas of smoked almonds and honeysuckle as well as buttery textures from the natural malolactic fermentation.
Semillon has always found a natural home in the Barossa. It was one of the early white wine grape varieties planted by the first settlers around 160 years ago and the Mediterranean climate and careful farming has created a heritage of old, low yielding Semillon vineyards. With the use of an age-old, robust, pink-skinned Madeira clone, found mainly in the Barossa, and 3 months maturation in both stainless steel (60%) and seasoned French barriques, the Woodcutter’s Semillon is reminiscent of the savoury, food friendly white wines found in the central and southern regions of France.