$850 each for the new wine from Torbreck Vintners

After more than a decade of work, super premium Barossa winery Torbreck Vintners is launching a new icon: single vineyard wine.

Torbreck’s “The Forebear” will be available for purchase in limited quantities beginning May 1, with the 1,200 bottles produced costing $850 each.

The price is on par with the winery’s flagship wine, The Laird, and slightly lower than Penfolds Grange, which now costs $1000 per bottle at release.

The Forebear comes from the winery’s small Hillside Vineyard, consisting of just 12 rows of vines on a one-acre plot, planted by Samuel Springbett and his sons around 1850.

Torbreck acquired the vineyard in 2002, and the winemaking and viticulture team spent more than a decade nursing the vines back to health before deciding to make a wine.

Torbreck’s head winemaker Ian Hongell said that in 2019 they finally decided the time was right to make a wine from the plot.

“We watched as the years passed as this vineyard continued to improve, to a point that in 2019 we decided to turn this one location into a wine,” Mr Hongell said.

“What this wine represents is capturing over 170 years of vine age in a single wine from a single place.

“By making this wine we want to show how the old vines and the lineage to the European source… can be expressed in a wine and the differences that these old vines have.”

Mr Hongell said the 2019 harvest was very low yielding and concentrated.

“So it is quite a statement wine because of the low yields. It has tremendous power and also great beauty.

“The wine has a lot of red fruit and really reflects the density and volume that Barossa Shiraz can show.”

The wine matured for two years in French oak and then in the bottle for three years.

The tasting notes for the wine suggest that the wine should be consumed from 2026 and stored until 2050.

“A complex nose of mainly red berries such as red currants, red cherry and cassis fill the bouquet, supplemented with savory notes of wild thyme, garrigue, graphite and sandalwood,” according to the fragrance notes.

“The palate has a beautifully textural mouthfeel with enveloping soft, round tannins and cleansing acidity that balances the modern Barossa elegance of the wines with the strength of harvest from extremely low-yielding vines.”