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.
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.