The Loon

Encouraged by our success in blending Shiraz and Viognier in The Descendant, we decided to go one step further co-fermenting white wine skins from Roussanne grapes with whole bunch Shiraz red grapes.

It is part of our quest to understand every nuance of our many favourite Rhone wines, and as Roussanne is one of the region’s famous white varieties and grows well in the Barossa, we were confident of success.

We selected a Shiraz vineyard in Ebenezer that gave us the perfect structure and purity of fruit to balance the aromatics of the Roussanne.

Once the juice was gently whole bunch pressed from the Roussanne grapes, the skins were added to the Shiraz and co-fermented.

The resulting wine is as unique as it is intense; beautifully lifted and balanced and surprisingly distinctive.

Torbreck is the name of a forest near Inverness, Scotland. You’ll find more than a passing nod to the Celts in our wine naming conventions including this reference to “loons” – young men who are noted for their wild, foolish ways.

Current Vintage 2016
Despite a dry winter, rains in January and March, 2016 freshened the older vines and provided long, slow ripening periods in between, which led to a stand-out vintage with high-quality fruit.
Current Vintage 2015
The bouquet is vibrant and lifted with hints of fresh cassis, spice, damson and nutmeg. The palate is where this wines balance and silky texture really shines through. A dense, savoury portfolio awash with rich red fruits, wild blackberry, cassis, and hints of bitter dark chocolate. The supple, fine tannin structure completes the wine.
Current Vintage 2014
The Loon 2014 vintage is as unique as it is intense; beautifully lifted and balanced and surprisingly distinctive. The bouquet is vibrant and lifted with hints of fresh plum, vanilla crème, lavender and nutmeg. The palate is where this wines balance and silky texture really shines through. A dense, savoury portfolio awash with rich red fruits, wild blackberry, cassis, rhubarb, and hints of bitter dark chocolate. The supple, fine tannin structure completes the wine.
Current Vintage 2013
The Loon 2013 vintage is as unique as it is intense; beautifully lifted and balanced and surprisingly distinctive. The bouquet is vibrant and lifted with hints of fresh fig, red fruits, spice and almond. The palate is where this wines balance and silky texture really shines through. A dense, savoury portfolio of wild blackberry, rhubarb, plum and hints of bitter dark chocolate. The supple, fine tannin structure completes the wine.
Current Vintage 2012
The Loon 2012 vintage is as unique as it is intense; beautifully lifted and balanced and surprisingly distinctive. The bouquet is pure and fresh offering hints of tropical fruits, bright red fruits, graphite and mineral. The palate provides a silky, elegant and fine tannin structure showing blackberries and plums, hints of dark chocolate and purity of fruit.
Current Vintage 2010
The bouquet is pure and fresh offering hints of tropical fruits, bright red fruits, graphite and mineral. The palate provides a silky, elegant and fine tannin structure showing blackberries and plums, hints of dark chocolate and purity of fruit.
Current Vintage 2009
The bouquet is pure and fresh offering hints of tropical fruits, bright red fruits, graphite and mineral. The palate provides a silky, elegant and fine tannin structure showing blackberries and plums, hints of dark chocolate and purity of fruit. The 2009 vintage will be considered one of the great vintages of the decade therefore it is the perfect vintage from which to release this inaugural wine.

$65.00

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2016 - tasting notes and reviews

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2015 - tasting notes and reviews

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2014 - tasting notes and reviews

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2013 - tasting notes and reviews

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2012 - tasting notes and reviews

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2010 - tasting notes and reviews

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2009 - tasting notes and reviews

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  • Concordis

    CONCORDIS is a collaborative winemaking project that unites four Barossa producers – Kaesler Wines, Seppeltsfield Winery, Torbreck Vintners and Two Hands Wines – to create a unique cuvée from one tonne of their finest Shiraz grapes each vintage
  • Cuvée Juveniles

    The wines hallmark is its freshness due to no oak ageing and as the name describes it is a wine best drunk in its youth, poured by the glass at your favourite restaurant
  • Descendant

    This single vineyard, located next to our winery block on Roennfeldt Road, was planted in 1994 with cuttings taken from our RunRig grower vineyards – some of the oldest genetic vine material in Australia
  • Fish's Shiraz

    Fish’s Shiraz, is dedicated to Simon “Fish” Fisher who worked at our cellar door