The Struie 2021
Torbreck Vineyards

The Struie


The Struie 2021
Ready, but will improve

Australian wine-critic Matthew Jukes raves on about the 2021 struie.

'My mind went into orbit when I tasted this wine. Tasting like a magical concoction of 4-parts Serralunga d’Alba and 1-part Bonnes-Mares (Morey-side), this wine’s 43% Eden Valley Shiraz component makes it the most energetic, challenging, and utterly mesmerising vintage I can remember.  I have always been a Struie fan, but it often sits down in the pack alongside some of the more powerful Shirazes, so one has to look deep into the portfolio to truly appreciate its charms.  In 2021, while it is not a bigger wine, it is undoubtedly more intense and aeons longer on the finish, so I can see it standing shoulder to shoulder with its more fêted siblings for years to come'

This 100% shiraz was first released in 2001. It is made from vineyard sites in the Eden Valley (approximately 40-year-old vines) and the Barossa Valley (average 60-year-old vines). The elevation of the Eden Valley is some 200 metres higher than the Barossa and the cooler climate results in a longer growing season and thus more flavour development. Differences in soil between the Eden Valley and Barossa Valley also yield more distinctive varietal flavour characteristics, lower pH and higher acidity levels in the finished wine. The Struie is aged for 18 months in a combination of old and new French oak barriques prior to bottling. The Struie is the name of the craggy hilltop overlooking the Dornoch Firth in the Scottish Highlands.

Critic Ratings:

96/100 Robert Parker Wine Advocate

19+/20 Matthew Jukes

Food Pairing Suggestions: The Struie is a bold and mesmerising wine that can be paired with rich meats such as lamb & game. It will work perfectly with rich sauces, mushroom flavours & truffles. It is one of the few wines that, due to its richness, can also work with a block (or two) of bitter chocolate.