By Christina Pickard
2019 Woodcutter's Shiraz
This wine offers oodles of plush, plump plum and cherry accented by flowers, peppery spice, soy and iron. The palate delivers what the nose suggests. It's broad shouldered but neatly cupped by fine, chalky tannins. There's a lucidity here thanks to minimal oak. Tangy fruit and a saline note carry the finish. It's a charming example of modern Barossa Shiraz.
2018 Woodcutter's Shiraz
One of Torbreck's most affordable reds, this is a rich, chocolaty winter warmer with plenty to like. Aromas of cranberry, plum, beetroot, cocoa and savory herbs and spices lead into a powerful, mouthcoating palate. Tannins are dusty and chewy, lightened by a lift of acidity and juicy fruit. There's a lick of oak showing here—more so than on the previous vintage. A plate of protein is recommended.
2018 The Steading
This blend colors neatly within Torbreck's lines of polish, ripeness and class. Plush plum and raspberry fruit are layered with notes of baking spice, flowers, warm stones and iodine. The fruit glides over the tongue while savory, herbal elements linger on the finish. It's a harmonious wine to last until 2028 at least.
2018 Cuvée Juveniles
A bit reductive at first, this wine needs time in glass to open up. When it does, it offers appealing, tangy red and blue fruit accented by oatmeal, game, dried Mediterranean herbs and dried flowers. Currently young and on the lean and mean side, the acidity and tannins feel a touch aggressive, as does the alcohol, but there's plenty to like here, too.