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Wine Of The Day - September 20th

Thursday, 20 September 2007

It's our wine of the day, specially chosen to accompany David McCann's dishes today!

Wine of the day: Torbeck Woodcutters Shiraz
A wonderful rich juicy Shiraz from the premium area of the Barossa Valley in Southern Australia. Packed with black fruits and soft red fruits this wonderfully rich velvety red is drinking perfectly now but will cellar for a further 2- 3 years. 

Dave Powell is unquestionably rated in the top 3 winemakers in Australia. His top wine the Runrig vies for the ultimate plaudit of Australia's greatest wines with Grange.

The name Woodcutter's is a play on the fact that Dave Powell spent several years working in the Scottish Highlands as a lumberjack or woodcutter in the Torbreck forest. He would regularly go to the local supermarket in Inverness to buy Aussie wines to drink after a hard day's toil.

This wine is a reflection of the up and coming younger Shiraz vineyards of the Barossa, rather than the battle hardened old warriors which make up the heart and soul of the of the established Torbreck range.

The Woodcutters Shiraz, like all Torbreck wines, sources fruit from hand harvested and hand - tended, low yielding vines.  It is fermented and gently basket pressed, then aged in large format old French oak foudres (2 1/2,000-5,000L).  Malo-lactic fermentation then takes place in barrel. Oak treatment: aged for 12 months in large format 100 year old French oak foudres (vats).

Food Match - Rich red meat dishes, game. Delicious on it's own because of its wonderful fruit intensity

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