2005 Torbreck - Mataro The Pict 750ml

Australia - South Australia - Barossa Valley/ Red / Mourvedre   |     Watch

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

Deep garnet colored, the 2005 The Pict has a really flamboyant nose of ripe blackberries and cherries intermingling with dark chocolate, licorice and espresso notes and loam. Big, rich and wonderfully expressive, it gives loads of flavor layers, fresh acid and a medium-firm level of grainy tannins before finishing long. Drink it now to 2020+.

Drink Dates: 213-2020
Author: Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Issue: 205

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

($150; 100% mataro) Opaque purple. Pungent bouquet of ripe cherry, cassis and plum, with anise and musky floral qualities adding complexity. Broad, concentrated dark fruit flavors are complemented by smoked meat and black cardamom, with chunky tannins gaining strength with air. Sweet and impressively focused on the finish, where the fruit sucks up the tannins and carries on impressively. Plenty of structure here, but the fruit appears even stronger.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 140

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Average rating: 95, based on 2 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

56 bottles owned by 23 collectors.

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About This Producer


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.

Wine Varietal: Mourvedre


Mourvedre is a red variety that produces robust, gamy, and spiced wines. The primary grape in Bandol and the rose wines of Provence, Mourvedre is also used in Rhone blends. It is also commonly found in Spain where it is believed to have originated and where it is referred to as Monastrell. It can also be found under the name Mataro in Portugal and the New World. Typical descriptors for Mourvedre include thyme, clove, cinnamon, black pepper, violet, game, cured meats, leather, and blackberry.

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