2001 Torbreck - Grenache Les Amis 750ml

Australia - South Australia - Barossa Valley/ Red / Grenache   |     Watch

WA 95   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

Pale to medium garnet-brick in color, the 2001 Les Amis opens with meaty, earthy and leather aromas fused with stewed tea notes, a touch of sauteed herbs and coffee. Rich, full and opulent, the palate is more spicy and fruity than the nose, and finishes with a similar spicy, long length. It is mature now and ready to drink until 2016+.

Drink Dates: 2013-2016
Author: Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Issue: 205

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 94
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/01/2004
Drink Dates: 2009-2017
This is a new offering from Torbreck. Made of 100% Grenache from 102 year old vines, the wine is aged in 100% new French oak for 18 months and then bottled unfined and unfiltered. This deeply pigmented red/black colored wine offers seamless drinking with beautiful, smooth yet very concentrated fruit. A moderately strong nose of anise, new wood, light pepper, stone, and dark fruits. Full and rich fruit coupled with virtually perfect tannins in the mouth. Acidity is well balanced and slightly on the high side but will aid aging. Sneaks up on you with its demure profile but the wine?s quality is considerable. Impressive. An Australian Rayas perhaps? (But more concentrated then recent Rayas).

Average rating: 95, based on 2 reviews
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50 bottles owned by 25 collectors.

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About This Producer

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.

Wine Varietal: Grenache

One of the most widely planted varieties in the world, Grenache is most well known as the base variety in wines from the Southern Rhone, such as Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Cotes-du-Rhone, and Gigondas. Grenache thrives in hot, arid climates all over the world particularly in the Mediterranean and Australia. Its origin is believed to be the Roussillon region of southern France (formerly Spain - where it is grown today and is known as Garnacha). Grenache is used in blends to round out Rhone-style reds to soften harsher varieties such as Syrah and Carignan. It is also used for rose wines. Typical descriptors for Grenache include raspberries, strawberries. black currants, black cherries, black olives, coffee, gingerbread, honey, leather, black pepper, tar, and herbes de Provence.

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