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Torbreck (Barossa Valley) *

Torbreck winery was founded by David Powell in 1994. The winery is named after a forest in Scotland where Powell worked as a lumberjack.

While immersed in the study of economics at the university, an uncle introduced him to wine.  David learned wine-making working in wineries of Southern Australia. And during the winters he availed himself of the opportunity to venture overseas to work harvests in both California and Europe studying international wine-making practices.

Idea of Torbreck began to take shape in 1992. While working for Rockford, Powell cleared and nurtured old, lifeless and overgrown vineyards back to health and to his own surprise he discovered great potential of oil vines, decided to conclude a contract for purchase of that dying vineyard and was rewarded. In 1995 he harvested the first 3 tons of grapes form Marananga vineyard and fermented his first wine under the Torbreck label. Powell Пауэлл placed his bets on unique old vineyards of Barbarossa Valley (average of his vines is 50 to 100 years, although there some vines more 150 years old0 Another Torbreck practice is to use only traditional Barbarossa varieties, such as Semillon, Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro. “Newcomers” like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and others were inadmissible for Powell. Knowledge of terroir structure made him to plant a new vineyard with Rhône varieties, Viohnier, Marsanne, Roussanne and Shiraz. After all, a very respectful attitude to what is laid down by nature means that in Torbreck wines are produced on the principle of minimum interference. It is referred to both fermentation and aging.

Woodcutter’s wines were first bottled in screw top bottles in 2003. These simple wines from young vineyards are good to be serves at the end of a hard working day.

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