Toast to Torbreck Vintners at Stokehouse Stokehouse will continue in 2013 its commitment to wine appreciation and providing guests with the unique opportunity to experience some of the world’s best labels. The restaurant will reintroduce its much-loved wine dinner series with an evening celebrating Australian label, Torbreck Vintners, on Tuesday 26th March. Food and wine lovers are invited to join Stokehouse for a decadent culinary experience, bringing together delicious flavours and top quality wines. Founded by David Powell in 1994, Torbreck is one of the Barossa Valley’s finest wineries. Born and raised in Adelaide, David spent some 25 years learning the winemaking trade in South Australia’s vineyards, as well as some of Europe’s most well-known winemaking regions. He began negotiating with some local landowners in the Barossa Valley to make use of their ancient and overrun vineyards in the early 1990s and, nurturing the plants back to health, was able to produce wine varieties with some of the oldest vines in the world. Named ‘Torbreck’ after a forest in Scotland where David had spent time working as a lumberjack, the winery remains committed to classic Barossa Valley varietals such as Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro. Torbreck wines often draw comparison with those produced in France’s famous Rhone Valley, due to the rich, intense flavours yielded from the ancient vines and the Shiraz and Grenache varietals which are the mainstay red grapes of the Rhone Valley. Stokehouse invites guests to indulge with a variety of Torbreck wines, complemented by a sumptuous four-course dinner designed by Head Chef Tony Kelly, for $150 per person. The dinner will be hosted by James Young, National Manager of Torbreck Vintners, who will take guests through the wines and the story of Torbreck. On arrival at 7.00pm, enjoy a glass of 2011 Woodcutter’s Roussanne Voignier Marsanne (RVM) before being seated for dinner. The dinner begins with an appetiser of Scallop Veloute, Tartar of Scallop, Caviar along with 2010 Steading Blanc Marsanne Rousanne Viognier; followed by the entrée of Free Range Duck, beetroot tortellini, thyme jus, served with a glass of 2009 Steading Grenache Shiraz Mataro. For the main course, guests may choose between AACo Wagyu Sirloin, marrow, herb & horseradish crumb together with 2011 Struie Shiraz and 2010 Gask Shiraz; or Lamb Chopper "USA", Black Mission Figs, Quince, Fruit Bread served alongside 2009 RunRig Shiraz. For the final course, savour a sweet finish of Petit Fours and 2012 Bothie. The RunRig is one of Torbreck’s most iconic wine varieties, often drawing comparison with the deeply concentrated, aromatic wines produced in the Northern Rhone Valley. Possessing a dense hue, full-bodied yet fresh flavour and unexpected aromas of black raspberries, crème de cassis, graphite, smoke and melted tar, this is a truly distinguished wine and a superb addition to the dinner. From the wonderfully light, floral and fragrant Woodcutter’s RVM to the intensely rich, ink-coloured and delightfully multi-layered RunRig, the Stokehouse Torbreck wine dinner gives guests the opportunity to savour the distinctive varietals of one of the Barossa Valley’s finest vintners. Bookings are essential, so contact Stokehouse now to avoid missing out on this exceptional culinary experience. Stokehouse A:     Sidon Street, South Bank, QLD 4101 P:     (07) 3020 0600                                                                           E: W: -Ends- For further information, interviews or photographs, please contact Lindsay Bennett Marketing on (07) 3891 7751/ 0418 213 518.