Category Archives: Barossa 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.


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.

2004 St John’s Road Julia Greenock Shiraz

St John's RoadA little while ago, we opened a very nice bottle of Shiraz from the Barossa valley which we’ve had sitting for a number of years.

The wine is the attractive “Julia” Greenock Shiraz from the St John’s Road vineyard.  Given the ten years of aging, we carefully decanted the wine into a Riedel decanter, as illustrated.

We paired this aged Shiraz to a meal of kebabs and mixed steamed vegetables, which is standard fare around our place these days.  The wine stole the meal though, as the thoroughly well rested tannins blended into a very well crafted Shiraz, for which the Barossa Valley is rightly known for.

I think it is fair to say that our patience (or lethargy) in getting around to opening this bottle paid huge dividends – the aromatic bouquet hung around the island bench and the decanter for any hours afterwards, I just wish we had a few more bottles in reserve!

Recommended drinking now.

JuliaGreenoch Shiraz