2006 Torbreck Grenache Les Amis


  • Australia
  • South Australia
  • Barossa
  • Barossa Valley

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  • ikkaariainen Likes this wine: 97 points

    October 29, 2018 - We had the previous bottle now almost a decade ago and on reviewing my TN from '09 I will give it the same excellent score now but not for the youthful intensity and exuberance of yore but rather for real maturity, complexity, balance and a soft elegance that is truly rare in Australian wines. One of the best Aussies and one of the best grenaches that we have ever had. Very hard to find and we HIGHLY recommend this wine overall and the vintages of the late '00's specifically. Relatively short splash decant at Webb Custom Kitchen in Gastonia NC. 100% old vine grenache. Dark purple in color with bricking. Nose initially soft and somewhat muted but with swirling and a bit of air the nose woke up and brought forth a bouquet (in the truest sense of that word) of kirsch, kitchen spices and a hint of eucalyptus. Tannins still present but now very soft so this wine will not improve further with aging, is in a perfect mature drinking window with maybe another 5-7 years to go so for those out there lucky enough to still be holding any now is a good time to start drinking them up. Palate has an underlying hint of minty eucalyptus with smoke, grilled meats, garrigue, violet and spices with a VERY long finish. Shed a small tear on the inside as this last of our bottles was finished up.

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