Medium- to full-bodied with aromas and flavors of cherry, blackberry, plum and smoke. Integrated tannins and acids round out an enjoyable finish.
Wine Advocate 88 points - (15% alcohol): Glass-staining ruby. Smoke-accented blackberry and cassis aromas are complicated by notes of licorice and star anise. Lush, dense and quite primary, with very good clarity to its sappy black and blue fruit flavors. An exotic hint of candied violet brightens the impressively long, chewy and subtly tannic finish. 2012 is shaping up to be a fantastic vintage in the Barossa.
Wine Spectator 88 points - Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2012 Woodcutter?s Shiraz has a slightly rubbery and reduced nose to begin then opens up to black cherry compote and blackberry preserves aromas accented by tar and licorice hints. Full-bodied with tons of savory, muscular fruit flavors, it has a medium level of rounded tannins and refreshing acid to carry through the long finish. Drink it now to 2018.
Earthy, decadent flavors add distinctive notes to the dark berry flavors in this savory style of Shiraz. The strong personality comes across as harmonious. Drink now through 2018. 3,800 cases imported. –HS
Inky purple. Intense cassis and blueberry on the nose, with building spiciness and a sexy floral quality. Richer than usual for this bottling, offering sweet black and blue fruit flavors and solid tannins. Rich but not overly heavy, finishing with very good breadth and juicy persistence. This includes lots of fruit that is normally destined for Torbreck's flagship Run Rig, as that wine wasn't made in 2008.
|Fruit sourced from six parcels planted in northwestern Barossa Valley was fermented in cement, wood and stainless steel vats for 6-7 days. The must was basket pressed into neutral hogsheads and French oak foudres for 12 months, the wine was bottled without fining or filtration.