Smoky and powerful

Torbreck The Laird Shiraz 2013, Barossa Valley, AUD $750

This is the sixth vintage released since the debut 2005, all from a single vineyard at Marananga. The glass-staining colour echoes its all-round density and massive concentration. Aromas of smoky, toasty oak, bitumen, tar and graphite; mocha, coconut, espresso coffee and cocoa powder, too. The wine is weighty, powerful, oaky and tannic, with a commanding presence. (Cork)

Score: 97 ★★★★★ – view Huon’s original tasting

Alcohol: 15.5%

Ageing: Best 2020 to 2040+

Food: Reggiano cheese

Stockists: Torbreck Vintners; Langton’s Fine Wines nationally; Best Cellars – NSW; Rathdowne Cellars & Nick’s Wine Merchants – Vic (AU)

Ranked: #3 of 130 2013 Shiraz from Barossa Valley

Awarded: Top Rank

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