Dave Powell at Torbreck wants to produce ripe, full-bodied and voluptuous wines. They can be gorgeous. It is, however, disappointing to see some principles not changing in response to the variability of the season.
The 2005 Torbreck The Struie Shiraz comes from a hot vintage. Its fruit tastes overly ripe and somewhat porty. Even the Eden Valley fruit cannot lift this wine. It is too heavy. Obviously, as usual, the fruit was picked very late. The wine seems to suggest the optimum picking time was missed. I have recently tried the 2010, which was excellent, but this wine misses the mark.