Torbreck Vintners The Struie Barossa Valley Shiraz 2021
96 POINT RATED ROBERT PARKER 95 POINT RATED JAMES SUCKLING & 95 POINT RATED HUON HOOKE THE REAL REVIEW
- 96 Point Rated Robert Parker The Wine Advocate
- 95 Point Rated James Suckling
- 95 Point Rated Huon Hooke The Real Review
- One Of The World'S Top 100 Wine Estates Robert Parker
- 5 Star Rated Winery James Halliday Wine Companion
Barossa Valley & Eden Valley, South Australia
|Drink now or cellar for the next decade
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, black and blueberries, violets and hidden spice characters all further enhance the natural elegance and tension from old vines. The Struie will reward for 15-20 years.
The name Struie originates from a mountain in the rugged highlands of north-east Scotland, which overlooks Torbreck forest near Inverness. The view from the Struie down across the Dornoch Firth is as inspiring as that of the Valley floor from the Barossa Ranges. While the Eden Valley region is most associated with the white wine variety, Riesling, it also produces elegant, tautly structured Shiraz which is highly prized by winemakers. This Torbreck Shiraz cuvée is a skilful blend of fruit from a single vineyard Eden Valley Shiraz and old vine Shiraz from the Barossa Valley’s Western Ranges – a marriage of elegance and intensity. The growing season was defined by a continuously warm to hot summer with no effective rainfall, wind and hail at flowering, and followed with three major frosts - resulting in an earlier and much smaller harvest than average. These tough conditions produced smaller clusters of intensely dark berries with thick fleshy skins contrasted against brown mature stalks. Whilst yields were down, once these vineyards were fermenting in our cellar the concentration of colour, tannin and aroma of the 2021 vintage was revealed.
96 Point Rated - Erin Larkin Robert Parker Wine Advocate
"The 2021 The Struie is 100% Shiraz from both the Barossa (57%) and the Eden Valley (43%), and it matured for 18 months in French oak (20% new). The proportion of Eden Valley inclusion is usually around 25%, but in 2019, it was down to 10% due to the very low yields. So, this 2021 Struie is blue-fruited on the nose, with blueberry, licorice, black tea, crushed rocks, summer raspberry, layers of campfire embers and clove. It might be that in many of the tasting notes from 2021, that the wines outperform previous vintages. This is because the cool season was long, so great ripeness was achieved, without the stress or impact of heat events and disease. It's a lovely, lovely year that has made wines with freshness and intensity. The tannins through the finish here are savory and fine and black."
95 Point Rated - Huon Hooke The Real Review
"Saturated vermilion colour with good purple tints; strong aromas of dried herbs, cranberry and black fruits, hints of prune and other dried fruits. The wine is big and muscular with strong tannins, quite massive and graphite-like on the finish and aftertaste. A long-termer. (57% Barossa Valley, 43% Eden Valley)"
95 Point Rated - James Suckling
"This is fantastic with blackberries, peaches, and limes with some spice character. Graphite. Medium body. Fine and polished tannins with a fantastic deep silk texture and a long finish. Really want to drink this. Drink or hold."