Torbreck The Gask Eden Valley Shiraz 2010
Impenetrable colour; a highly aromatic and perfumed shiraz bouquet with dark fruits aplenty, offset by violets and a wide array of spices; the palate is dense, as you would expect of Torbreck, yet there is freshness and a struck quartz minerality that thrills through the wine's spine; long, luscious and hedonistic. Drink by: 2025; Price: $75.00; Alcohol: 15%; Rating: 96 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
The Gask is sourced from a single plot of Shiraz nestled into the eastern slope of Mt. McKenzie that is painstakingly nurtured by the Knight family.
Planted in 1960 this elevated site yields small, intense berries that possess great intensity of flavour without sacrificing balance & poise. These berries give the wine an „ink-like hue whilst the nose serves up notes of smoke, graphite, crushed rocks and blackberry liqueur. It's quite a heroic wine in style yet retains the cooler edge and tighter structure that the great wines made from this region are famed. “The rocky outcrops surrounding Greg and Cynthia Knight's small plot of Shiraz in the Eden Valley reminds me of the stone burial grounds on the hills above the Torbreck forest” David Powell
After hand harvesting in early April this small batch was destemmed into two cement vats where it spent 7 days before being ‘gravity-drained’ and basket pressed. The juice was later racked into old French barriques where it completed a slow malo-lactic fermentation and was aged for a total of 18 months. As with all of our wines, it was bottled without the use of fining or filtration.
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