Wine Advocate | Rating: 99One of the most remarkable wines in Torbreck's portfolio is the 100% Grenache cuvee, the 2002 Les Amis (sadly, only 120 cases produced). It is made from an old, dry-farmed Grenache vineyard planted in 1901 that escaped the pull up of old vines that afflicted Barossa and McLaren Vale thirty years ago when the government's intelligentsia was encouraging vineyard development in cool climate areas, and had concluded that warmer South Australia areas, such as Barossa and McLaren Vale, were irrelevant. Obviously, this was a blunder of extraordinary proportions. Luckily, some old vineyards were saved. Les Amis is David Powell's homage to the most underrated great red wine of the world, France's Chateauneuf du Pape. What is amazing about this wine is that Grenache tends to not do well in a lot of new oak, but this cuvee spends 18 months in new French oak, which is completely absorbed by the extraordinary fruit from Greenock Creek. A marvelous effort, it boasts an inky/ruby/purple color as well as an extraordinarily provocative perfume of crushed raspberries, black cherry liqueur. This full-bodied, multi-dimensional red inundates the palate with fruit, glycerin, and intensity. It has the highest alcohol content of all the Torbreck wines (16.5%), which tend to average 14.5%. Nevertheless, it is refreshing, vigorous, and incredibly well delineated. No doubt the old vines are the key to such a magnificent achievement. It should drink well for 10-12 years, possibly longer.Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92Polished, round and deftly balanced to let the pure blueberry and plum flavors sail effortlessly over the palate, finishing with a refreshing zip of acidity without losing any of the smoothness. The finish sails on and on. Grenache. 100 cases made.Author: Harvey Steiman
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17This bottling began in 2001 for Les Amis in Singapore, and is based on Greenock 105-year-old Grenache.Extremely intense, masses of sweetness, a bit porty, a bit hot but very serious in intent, and there is news that someone paid $70,000 for an imperial of it at the Naples charity auction in Florida.Author: Jancis Robinson
Self | Rating: 98Completely opaque. After 15 minutes in the glass the wine erupted with intense scents of candied cherry and cr?me brul?e. With time additional nuances developed - flat black pepper, some tomato, spice, plum, and A-1 Steak Sauce. Simply thrilling to consume. Gobs of power but all of it is controlled. Flavors echo the nose. A long finish that intriguingly tastes of Raisin Bran and vanilla. Balanced with moderate tannin and well integrated acidity. The wine was aged for 18 months in new French oak prior to being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Unfortunately this north facing vineyard planted in 1901 is only one and a half acres in size. Probably worth a trip to Singapore to consume again.Drink Dates: 2008-2015+Author: Daniel B
Torbreck Vintners was founded by David Powell in 1994. Although located in Australia's Barossa Valley, the name comes from a forest in Scotland where Powell previously worked as a lumberjack before becoming a winemaker. Torbreck's production is centered around the classic Barossa Valley varieties of Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro (Mourvedre), and the winemaking philosophy is based on David's love for the wines of France's Rhone Valley. Along with many intensely flavored red wines blended from old-vine Shiraz and Grenache, Torbreck also produces white wines from Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne.
More than half of all Australian wine production takes place in the South Australia region—home to the -specializing as well as revered zones Clare Valley and . South Australia is too large and diverse to generalize about climate or topography, with both cooler coastal areas and warmer inland sections—but rainfall is generally low throughout and drought is a constant concern.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 84 bottles owned
- 28 collectors
- Average collector rating: 98
(Out of 28 collectors)