Category Archives: Eden Valley

2004 Torbreck The Struie Shiraz

Torbreck The Struie

Last month AWG hosted a rare dinner party, and decided that after a long wait, it was time to uncork this excellent offering from South Australian powerhouse winemakers Torbreck. 

The 2004 “The Struie” is an exceptional example of the quality you can expect from the Eden Valley region, which typically results in a cooler climate wine – and typically white wine at that.  What Torbreck have done with “The Struie” is to artfully blend fruit from both the Eden and Barossa Valleys, producing an outstanding finished product.

The Struie

Although this is priced and marketed well behind the formidable “RunRig” (Shiraz), “The Factor” (Shiraz)  and “The Descendant” (Shiraz Viognier) this wine is no slouch, especially after a decent spell aging in the Aussie Wine Guy cellar.  We estimate, we’ve had this bottle on hand since around 2008.

Torbreck

Given a decent amount of time to air in a shapely decanter, we unleashed the full potential of the wine’s delicate but intricate bouquet.  A swirl in the glass produced a first (and subsequent!) taste of chocolate, cinnamon and licorice, and a tapered finish which lingered pleasantly.

This wine has likely more life left in it, but honestly you can’t go wrong opening it now.  Recommended drinking: now – 2018.

2009 Henschke Keyneton Euphonium

Henschke Keyneton

Last week at Cav’s Steakhouse on Australia’s Gold Coast we cracked a bottle of South Australian stalwart Henschke’s Keyneton Euphonium which is a multi-regional, multi-varietal blend consisting of the following breakdown:  62% shiraz, 23% cabernet sauvignon, 8% merlot and 7% cabernet franc grown in the Barossa (Eden Valley and Barossa Valley).

A sound South Australian product, the blend contains a highly perfumed bouquet with an attractive sweetness which clung to the glass in a very tempting fashion.

We paired this delightful wine to a meal of delicious steaks (for which Cav’s is rightly famous for in the Gold Coast region).  My meal (king rump) was actually cooked to perfection as a rare leaning medium rare with a firm helping of sides as pictured.

The wine itself?  Inspired pairing of currants, oak and spices garnished with a hint of liquorish and cloves.  A lively medium body concluding with a lingering, smooth finish.  This one is still quite young and might not really be suited to merlot or pinot noir drinkers, but would inspire cabernet fans and also perhaps fans of shiraz.

Henschke Keyneton EuphoniumMeal

Drinking?  Now – 2022+