torbreck, the laird, barossa valley 2013
JAMES SUCKLING
97
WINE SPECTATOR
94

2013 torbreck, the laird, barossa valley

Why We're Buying

Torbreck The Laird has helped the Barossa Valley become Australia’s preeminent wine region. The impossibly complex shiraz has earned multiple 100-point ratings from critics and a hefty price tag to match.

Critics Scores

JAMES SUCKLING
97

James Suckling

A hedonistic wine that has a very strong and confident style to it. Rich blackberries and dark plums with a distinct tarry edge. Slippery, silky and succulent fruit flavors on the palate. There are deep blackberries in an even-paced yet rich palate. Very concentrated and dense. Long and saturated, too. Sweet dark plums with oak buried into the mix. A long and suave finish. Try from 2030.

WINE SPECTATOR
94

Wine Spectator

Expressive, plump and velvety, with extremely concentrated flavors of blackberry, kirsch and cassis at the core, with accents of Earl Grey Tea, dark chocolate, fresh peppermint and gingerbread. Despite all the rich flavors, this has plenty of elegance, polish and freshness, revealing notes of sage on the epic finish. Shiraz. Drink now through 2028.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
97

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

There's no denying the power and concentration of Torbreck's 2013 The Laird. The fruit is impressive, the oak luxurious, the texture velvety, yet I can't help but wonder if it needs to spend that extra time in barrel. Complex notes of baking spices, licorice and pepper add nuance to the Christmas-cake flavors and somehow emerge savory on the long finish. It's a wonderful wine, but would I rather have three bottles of RunRig? Without question.