Wine Advocate | Rating: 100Deep garnet colored with a touch of remaining purple at the rim, the 2012 The Laird is one of those wines you could just go on smelling all day. It opens with a complex perfume of kirsch, dried mulberries, blackberry tart and spice cake over cloves, mocha, dusty earth, incense, star anise, yeast extract and aged beef. The full-bodied palate is drop-dead seductive, unfurling in the mouth to reveal exotic spice, meat, earth and berry preserves layers, supported by firm, velvety tannins and seamless acid. The finish seems to go on forever—and this is exactly what you want it to do. Stunning.Drink Dates: 2019 - 2039Author: Lisa Perrotti-BrownIssue: 232
Vinous | Rating: 97(100 percent new French oak) Inky ruby. Powerful, deep-pitched aromas of ripe black and blue fruits, violet, incense, mocha and Indian spices are lifted by a strong suggestion of smoky minerals. Utterly stains the palate with densely packed blackberry, blueberry, bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors that slowly stretch out and become sweeter with aeration. Conveys a distinctly powerful character but comes off elegant, showing no rough edges. The strikingly long, gently tannic finish eventually leaves behind sappy blue fruit liqueur, vanilla and spicecake qualities.Drink Dates: 2022 - 2032Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: Oct 2017
James Suckling | Rating: 96Aromas of ash, stone, licorice, and wild mushroom. Moss. Basil. Full body, firm and silky tannins. So much spice and cumin. Black pepper. Goes on for minutes. Racy. Ready. Drink now.Drink Dates: 2017+Author: James SucklingIssue: Monday, July 17, 2017
Wine Spectator | Rating: 97Powerful, polished and smooth, with heady aromas of sandalwood, sarsaparilla, pepper and cigar box, giving way to a core of dark fruit flavors and a slice of toasted date nut bread. Intense and persistent on the epic finish, but never loses a sense of elegance, with grace notes of Earl Grey tea and dried violet that linger. Shiraz. Drink now through 2035. 125 cases made. — MWDrink Dates: 2017-2035Author: MaryAnn WorobiecIssue: Nov 15, 2017
Torbreck Vintners was founded by David Powell in 1994. Although located in Australia's Barossa Valley, the name comes from a forest in Scotland where Powell previously worked as a lumberjack before becoming a winemaker. Torbreck's production is centered around the classic Barossa Valley varieties of Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro (Mourvedre), and the winemaking philosophy is based on David's love for the wines of France's Rhone Valley. Along with many intensely flavored red wines blended from old-vine Shiraz and Grenache, Torbreck also produces white wines from Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne.
More than half of all Australian wine production takes place in the South Australia region—home to the -specializing as well as revered zones Clare Valley and . South Australia is too large and diverse to generalize about climate or topography, with both cooler coastal areas and warmer inland sections—but rainfall is generally low throughout and drought is a constant concern.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 83 bottles owned
- 17 collectors