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Torbreck Semillon Woodcutter's White 750ML 2012
Sku: 02565
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Critics Ratings:       (3)
Product Information
Country: Australia
Region: South Australia
Sub-Region: Barossa
Appellation: Barossa Valley
Grape Varietal: Semillon
Type: Still wine
Reg. $16.99
20% off - You pay $13.59
Buy Torbreck Semillon Woodcutter's White
Vinous 90 points - Pale gold. Pungent lemon rind, jasmine and tarragon scents show good clarity and a spicy nuance. Chewy and dry on the palate, offering bitter pear skin and citrus fruit flavors that flesh out and deepen with air. Firm, focused and nervy on the finish, leaving behind chalky mineral and quinine notes. This zesty white wine has the heft to handle richer foods but also the incisive character to work with light, fresh seafood or vegetable dishes.  (Jul 2014)

Wine Advocate 88 points - The 2012 Woodcutter’s Semillon displays expressive lemon and fresh apple notes with a suggestion of cut herbs and a whiff of yeastiness. Light to medium-bodied, dry, clean and crisp in the mouth, it offers a good concentration of citrusy fruit and a long refreshing finish. Drink it now to 2015.  (Dec 2012)

Wine Spectator 87 points - Broad and spicy, with white pepper and marigold nuances to the apple flavors, finishing crisp. Drink now. 500 cases imported. –HS  (Jul 31 2014)

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Wine maker notes
Fashioned with the savoury, food friendly dry whites of Southern France in mind, the Woodcutter’s Semillon is the ideal tonic after a long day in the vineyard. Medium bodied with a pristine lemon hue this youthful Semill on offers delicate scents of calamansi, limestone, candle wax, and toasted brioche. The copper- pink skins of this robust, age -old ‘Madeira Clone’ flesh out the palate, lending notes of almond kernels, soft pineapple, roasted cashew and white peach. Under lying notes of citrus oil and minerals maintain the wines freshness whilst a crisp spine of razor - like acidity neatly lace together the finish. Although beautifully enjoyable in its youth with sashimi and fresh shellfish this wine will continue to increase in complexity with time and should provide compelling drinking over the coming years.

Producer
Torbreck Vintners was founded by David Powell in 1994. The roots go back to 1992 when David, who was then working at Rockford, began to discover and clean up a few sections of dry-grown old vines. Near lifeless, he nurtured them back to health and was rewarded with small parcels of fruit that he made into wine. David was able to secure a contract for the supply of grapes from a run-down but ancient Shiraz vineyard. He managed to raise enough money to share-farm the vineyard, a practice which involves paying the owner a percentage of the market rate for his grapes in return for totally managing the vineyard. This share-farming principle has enabled Torbreck to use fruit from the very best vineyards in the Barossa Valley, which is home to some of the most precious old vines in the world. In 1995 David crushed three tonnes of grapes and fermented them into wine in a shed on his 12-hectare Marananga property. He named his wine ’Torbreck’ after a forest in Scotland where he worked as a lumberjack. The Torbreck endeavour is based around the classic Barossa Valley varietals of Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro, and a love for the wines of France’s Rhone Valley. Torbreck doesn’t only make red wines though, we have Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne planted on our winery block which we have blended to make a white wine. In July 2002 the historic Hillside property was acquired by Torbreck. Situated in Lyndoch, it is one of the original Barossa properties. Vast and picturesque it contains some magnificent old and ancient vineyards that will further our source of premium quality fruit. The Hillside property contains a wonderful native ecosystem that supports a myriad of flora and fauna. Plans are underway to restore Hillside to it’s former glory and create wines to reflect the history and significance of this grand old property. In June 2003 at the finish of vintage, we opened our cellar-door for sales. An original settlers hut, it has been lovingly restored and provides a personal touch and some Barossa warmth whilst you taste our wines. It is open daily and we welcome any visits. A new winery and administration facility was completed in 2008 on land acquired from a next door neighbour. This enables our grapes to be made into wine using the best available equipment and then bottled ’on the estate’ using our own bottling line. We now have complete control of all aspects of production that sees a new benchmark of wine quality established by us in the Barossa Valley. In 2008 Torbreck Vintners was acquired by Pete Kight. Pete has wine interests in both the U.S. and Australia and is committed to ensuring the ongoing excellence of Torbreck wines. He truly believes that our best wines are yet to come.