Deep garnet-purple colored, the Torbreck Woodcutter's Shiraz is scented of cassis, black plums and macerated blackberries over nuances of charcoal, black pepper, smoked duck breast and violets. Full-bodied and packed with black berry and savory meat and mineral flavors, it is nicely poised in the mouth with a taut backbone of medium level rounded tannins and just enough acid, finishing with a good persistence of pepper and spice notes.
The Fine Wines Of Australia: The Australian wine industry dates back to the end of the 18th century. In fact, some of the oldest vines in the world are in Australia today because most of Australia's wine regions escaped the phylloxera plague of the 1800's, which wiped out many ancient plantings in Europe. Throughout Australia, soil types vary from deep black volcanic loams to sandy soils over gravel and rich red clays over limestone, providing the foundation for wines of stunning diversity. The wines of Australia have achieved spectacular growth and success in recent years. The major Australian wine regions are Clare Valley, Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale. The major Australian grape varietals are Shiraz (also known as Syrah), Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Chardonnay and Riesling. Some notable Australian wine producers are Clarendon Hills, Elderton, Joseph, Penfolds, The Colonial Wine Company and many other Australian wines.