Paying homage to the vineyards of the Barossa Valley, home to some of the oldest vines on the planet, was what prodded Torbreck Vintners to build one of the finest wine estates in the world, about 75 km north-east of Adelaide, South Australia.
Founded in 1994, Torbreck Vintners was created around a philosophy of gaining access to the most precious dry-grown, old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro vineyards that surround the Barossa Valley.
Torbreck Vintners were able to produce some of the finest wines in such a short period; and achieved international success and global recognition for two reasons: ownership of some of the oldest and most highly prized vineyards in the world, and share farming (paying the land owner a percentage of the market rate for their grapes in return for managing their vineyard)
Over the years Torbreck Vintners have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to invest in the protection of some of the Barossa’s most precious vineyards, after accepting fruit from them over many years.
The historic Hillside Vineyard at Lyndoch, the Laird Vineyard in the sub-region of Marananga, the Greenock Keller Vineyard, and the Daylight Chamber Vineyard in Gomersal, all join the home block, the Descendant Vineyard in Marananga.
Spread across a 20-km-long north-south ridge on the western edge of the Barossa Valley, they make up almost 200 acres of exceptional vineyard sites, many classified as old vines (older than 35 years) – and with some dating back over 150 years!
Separately, each estate brings a unique level of complexity and depth to each Torbreck wine, and together, these five estates represent an unparalleled collection of some of the finest vineyards in western Barossa, and the world.
Cut to India, where six of these sough-after wines were recently launched in India in the premium and ultra-premium price range.
Mr Farhad Bhabha, CEO of Vinopolis Wines LLP, is the importer of Torbreck wines in India. Mr Stuart Rees, Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner at the Australian Trade and Investment Commission launched the wines in Mumbai.
Australia’s share in India’s imported wine market is growing, not only in the entry and mid-range priced wines, but also at the premium and ultra-premium levels.
The retail prices of the newly launched wines in Mumbai are Rs 3,890 (Grenache Shiraz), Rs 4,950 (Woodcutter’s Shiraz), Rs 8,500 (Steading), Rs 11,250 (Struie), Rs 24,500 (The Factor) and Rs 39,000 (RunRig).