Thursday, October 14, 2010

French-"Down Under" Style

It was so nice after a long day of jury duty this week to be greeted by friends tasting a selection of wines from Torbreck. Torbreck is a forest in Scotland where David Powell worked as a Lumberjack before he started producing wine in Australia.

Powell is big on the Barossa Valley but also favors the traditional French winemaking practices of the Northern and Southern Rhône valleys. So here comes a great marriage of old world and new world!

The 2009 Saignee Rose resembles the bone dry Rosés of Provence. It is made from old vine Mataro grapes (you may know the grape better as its French counterpart, Mourvedre). This is another great Florida wine! Serve it chilled with seafood and you've got a hit! It will cost you around $20.

The same grape, Mataro, comes alive in an entirely different way in The Pict 2006! The grapes come from a single vineyard and have been aged to produce a wine that smells like leather and spice and tastes earthy, chocolaty, minerally and tannic. WOW! This wine will age nicely! It will cost you between $145-$160!

I wondered what the name meant so I got online and found The Picts were a tribe of fierce warriors and the first people to inhabit Scotland. The wine is made from Mataro, one of the founding varieties planted in the Barossa. Powell calls it, "A truly rich, wild and untamed wine, enough to satiate a Pictish warrior."

One more Torbreck wine not to miss is the '06 Run Rig. It is deliciously aromatic with lots of layers of flavor. For some reason I'm having trouble reading my tasting notes but there is no mistaking the giant star I put beside it!! This is a big boy! It will run you close to $200!

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