Written By Treve Ring Libations / Red Wine Aug 24, 2011 Torbreck Old Vines GMS 2007 SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Torbreck Old Vines GMS 2007 Barossa Valley, Australia $25-28 +806588 available at BC Liquor Stores and select private liquor storeswww.torbreck.com After a skyrocket rise to the top of the popularity charts, Australia wine has slipped substantially, choked with a cheap & cheerful cloak (read my spring 2011 report on the planned comeback). I’d like to offer my solution to those who were twice bitten (by a Little Penguin or Yellow ‘Roo) and now shy:Drink Torbreck GMS.Simple. And you’re welcome.For approximately $25, this wine is a steal. Like a digging-in-your-sandbox-and-unearthing-a-sapphire find. Torbreck is a meeting of the new and the old. David Powell discovered a number of neglected old vine Barossa Valley vineyards in 1992, purchased the land and opened a winery 2 years later (new). Though geographically in the land of ‘Oz (new world), the grapes all hail from and emulate the Rhone, France (old world) – Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro (Mourvèdre) as well as white grapes Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne. Their wines are all hand harvested, cement and wood fermented, and unfined and unfiltered (old), with focused and intense fruit, velveteen ripeness and are ready to drink now (new). When poured blind recently for a group of sommeliers, most of the room was convinced it was from the old world, and then were shocked to discover a new favourite.This is a blend of 57% Grenache, 29% Mataro and 14% Shiraz. Aged wood and cedar spice aromas of cherry, savoury earth and crushed nutmeg welcome. The medium-full bodied red is more of the same on the palate – layers of savoury meat, dried raspberry, spice, black cherries, herbs and dusty minerality. Finesse and concentration combined, with bright acid, smooth and supple tannins and a lingering cassis finish. Beautiful now, and will continue to hold and mature over the next 3-5 years. The high rating below reflects the amazing value (remember the sapphire in your sandbox) for this – one of Torbreck’s entry-level wines. Pair with grilled meats, roasted chicken or charcuterie. Rating: (click here to see what our wine ratings mean)EATrecommends Torbreck Old Vines GMS 2007This is a blend of 57% Grenache, 29% Mataro and 14% Shiraz. Aged wood and cedar spice aromas of cherry, savoury earth and crushed nutmeg welcome. The medium-full bodied red is more of the same on the palate – layers of savoury meat, dried raspberry, spice, black cherries, herbs and dusty minerality. Finesse and concentration combined, with bright acid, smooth and supple tannins and a lingering cassis finish. Beautiful now, and will continue to hold and mature over the next 3-5 years. Pair with grilled pork, roasted chicken or charcuterie.AustraliaGSMwine review SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ... Read More You may also like Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Up-island May 2019 Living on Vancouver Island is like living in paradise; however, I think Mother Nature is possibly going to test our resilience this season with ... Read More Beer / Beer & Cider / Drink / Events / Victoria March 24, 2019 A New Beer Society in Town Victoria Beer Week launched its sixth annual festival earlier this month, which ran from March 1-9. In addition to the festival returning for another ... Read More Beer / Wineries & Breweries February 4, 2019 Vancouver Island Brewery’s New Porter and New Re-Rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery unveils new porter along with their new re-rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery held a flight night last week, in part to ... Read More Comments are closed.