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Torbreck: profile plus 16 new releases and older vintages from this cult Barossa label

Crowned by The Laird and Runrig, the bold, plush ageworthy reds from Torbreck in the Barossa Valley are among Australia's most collectable wines. Sarah Ahmed meets chief winemaker Ian Hongell and tastes the winery's latest releases alongside some older vintages.

Years ago when interviewing Ian Hongell, he dismissed generic stereotypes about South Australia’s Barossa Valley: ‘it’s not one flat paddock!’ Back then he worked for Peter Lehmann. Today Hongell is chief winemaker and general manager at Torbreck, a winery that shot to fame in the 1990s by cherry-picking the best of that ‘paddock’.

Influential US critic Robert Parker gave rave reviews for Torbreck’s opulent Shiraz-based wines, sourced from select dry-grown, old-vine parcels, vinified in small batches and seamlessly constructed. Parker awarded 100 points to the inaugural 2005 vintage of The Laird, Torbreck’s flagship single-vineyard Shiraz, now among Australia’s most expensive wines.

Scroll down for scores and tasting notes of 16 Torbreck wines

Torbreck: 16 new releases and older vintages tasted and rated

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