Aromas of earth, tree bark and cassis dominate withhints of spice and chocolate. A rich, dense palate with a core of rustic, dusty earth, tar and black olives are framed by fine grained tannins.
Wine Advocate 91 points - The 2007 The Pict is made from 100% Mataro. It displays a fragrant perfume of cigar box, underbrush, blackberry, and blueberry. Ripe sweet, and glossy-textured, it has enough structure to evolve for 1-2 years and will offer a drinking window extending from 2011 to 2019. (Dec 2009)
One of Australia’s leading wineries, Torbreck Vintners was founded by David Powell in 1994. He affectionately named his winery “Torbreck” after a forest in Scotland where he once worked as a lumberjack. Torbreck produces wines exclusively from the most revered vineyards in the Barossa Valley, home to some of the oldest vines and clonal material in the world, thanks to its freedom from phylloxera. Red wines are produced from the classic Barossa varieties –Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro, using manual, traditional methods. White wines are produced from Semillon, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne. The wines have been praised effusively since the beginning by the world’s leading wine critics, journalists and opinion leaders and are represented on the wine lists of the world’s best restaurants. In 2008 the completion of a state of the art, eco-friendly winery, packaging and administration building has meant the realization of David’s goal to have all Torbreck wines produced and bottled on the estate.
|Mataro from the Quarry Block parcel of the Materne Vineyard planted in 1927 was destemmed into a single cement vat, macerated for seven days and basket pressed. The wine was basket pressed into new French barriques and aged for 24 months years in oak. The best barrels were later assembled and the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
|Tim Adams Wines was originally born of a partnership between Tim and Pam and local coopers, Bill and Jill Wray, in 1984. The business was to make wine and small oak casks. This first year fell in the middle of a grape shortage, but fortunately the budding company was able to beg 10 tonnes of Shiraz from a good friend and neighbour. 1986 saw the first release of wine under the ’Adams and Wray’ label, but the partnership was later dissolved in 1987, with the young couples choosing to focus on their respective passions. The families are still good friends to this day.
1987 continued to be an eventful year for the newly named Tim Adams Wines, with the purchase of the current winery site and arrival of daughter Frances. Cellar door was opened and the first grapes crushed on site the following year. The decades that followed brought with them a natural evolution of the company, the physical site and the wines themselves. These years of hard work, passion and curiosity have resulted in a progressive family winery that is committed to creating elegant wines, without forgetting its obligation to the Australian wine industry, environment and wider community.
Tim Adams Wines now has a presence in all major international markets and is the constant recipient of awards, reviews and accolades both in Australia and overseas.