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Torbreck Semillon

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2010 Torbreck Woodcutter’s Semillon Barossa Valley

Kangaroo Sign Barossa Valley

Australia’s Barossa Valley

We had a party and one of our friends reached for a bottle of wine to refill her glass.  The chilled bucket had several bottles.  As she picked out a bottle of white with a screw cap, I overheard her say, “No thanks.  I know that’s going to be a cheap wine.”  She returned the wine to the bucket and choose another one with a cork.

Unfortunately, there still are people who have the perception that screw-cap wines are cheap and inferior quality.  Wow. If only she knew the truth.

Australian Semillon producer Torbreck is an excellent example of a screw-cap wine that sells for around $16 and is a quality wine from a well-regarded winery.  Good luck finding an “old school” screw-cap wine where the grapes were hand-harvested, followed by a gentle whole-bunch press.  That’s the type of care Torbreck uses with their wines.

Hand Harvesting White Grapes

Hand Harvesting White Grapes

Torbreck’s Semillon would be easy to identify in a blind tasting due to the oily taste and texture, which is a classic characteristic of a Semillon.  Next, I got some lovely peach followed with citrus and limestone minerality.  But then I was lured in with a huge slug of acidity.  I think this wine would benefit from another year of aging but it was a welcome dinner companion with our red fish.




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