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Torbreck Grenache Barossa Valley les Amis 2006

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Sourced from the devigorated soils of western Seppeltsfield, the 100% Grenache Les Amis is a testament to what only the most fastidious farming can achieve - purity, intensity and finesse. Possessing a dense, saturated ruby/purple hue Les Amis flaunts the concentration, poise and panache of which only the greatest terroirs are gifted. Delicate scents of Chinese five spice, smoke, white flowers and roasted herbs precede a dense, brooding core of black cherry, coal and scorched earth. The well delineated palate offers tremendous texture and combines glorious fruit purity with subtle notes of toasted brioche, fresh cream and balsamic.Multi-dimensional and incredibly intricate, the wine finishes with crisp acids and a cloak of beautifully ripe, polished tannins. Revealing a savoury elegance in its youth, Les Amis will continue to build in complexity for many years to come. This wine scores 94 points from Robert Parker.

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Torbreck Vintners:
Torbreck Vintners was founded by David Powell in 1994. The roots go back to 1992 when Dave, who was then working at Rockford, began to discover and clean up a few sections of dry-grown old vines. Near lifeless, he nurtured them back to health and was rewarded with small parcels of fruit that he made into wine. Dave was able to secure a contract for the supply of grapes from a run-down but an... Read more
Torbreck Vintners was founded by David Powell in 1994. The roots go back to 1992 when Dave, who was then working at Rockford, began to discover and clean up a few sections of dry-grown old vines. Near lifeless, he nurtured them back to health and was rewarded with small parcels of fruit that he made into wine. Dave was able to secure a contract for the supply of grapes from a run-down but ancient Shiraz vineyard. He managed to raise enough money to share-farm the vineyard, a practice which involves paying the owner a percentage of the market rate for his grapes in return for totally managing the vineyard. This share-farming principle has enabled Torbreck to use fruit from the very best vineyards in the Barossa Valley, which is home to some of the most precious old vines in the world. In 1995 Dave crushed three tonnes of grapes and fermented them into wine in a shed on his 12-hectare Marananga property. He named his wine 'Torbreck' after a forest in Scotland where he worked as a lumberjack. The Torbreck endeavour is based around the classic Barossa Valley varietals of Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro, and a love for the wines of France's Rhone Valley. Dave loves the intense, rich, Rhone-like flavours that come from old-vines and the fact that Shiraz and Grenache are the mainstay red grapes of the Northern and Southern Rhone often draws comparison. Torbreck doesn't only make red wines though, we have Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne planted on our winery block which we have blended to make a white wine for the last 2 years. In July 2002 the historic Hillside property was acquired by Torbreck. Situated in Lyndoch, it is one of the original Barossa properties. Vast and picturesque it contains some magnificent old and ancient vineyards that will further our source of premium quality fruit. The Hillside property contains a wonderful native ecosystem that supports a myriad of flora and fauna. Dave hopes to turn it into a nature reserve in the future that will be open to visits. In June 2003 at the finish of vintage, we opened our cellar-door for sales. An original settlers hut, it has been lovingly restored and provides a personal touch and some Barossa warmth whilst you taste our wines. It is open daily and we welcome any visits. In the middle of 2008 a long term vision of Dave Powell's will reach completion. A new winery and administration facility will have been completed on land acquired from a next door neighbour. This will enable our grapes to be made into wine using the best availble equipment and then bottled 'on the estate' using our own bottling line. Finally we have complete control of all aspects of production which will see a new benchmark of wine quality established by us in the Barossa Valley. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Torbreck Grenache Barossa Valley les Amis

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,106
3.50 5
03/03/2010

This offers up nice herb, floral and light fruit tones that recall melon rinds and gentle red berry, almost raspberry jam tones. There’s a nice toasty tone to the fruit as well. Gentle and a bit loose feeling on entry, this is well knit offering rich red fruit tones, wild cherries and currants in an open-knit style. The mid-palate has a subtle medicinal tone and a touch of nuttiness to it but this remains primarily about the red fruit. The finish is fairly short. A nice wine if a bit simple. 87pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,106
2.50 5
03/03/2010

This has a pretty hot nose right off the bat. The wine shows some meatiness and hints of fruit, chalk, flowers, and herb over a bit of woodiness but the heat is disturbing. Rich and soft on entry, with bright acids and meaty red fruits that fill the mouth, this certainly doesn’t lack for flavor but, again, the alcohol throws this off balance. This almost redeems itself on the finish with its wonderfully aromatic fruits but just when I’m getting my hopes up it burns again. Promising but too much alcohol. 84pts


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3.50 5
02/24/2010

Beef bouillon and cherry aromas are interesting and inviting. It's slightly spicy, full of cherry and raspberry flavors.


4.00 5
02/24/2010

Cherries and buttercream aromas with a faint bit of eucalyptus and almond. Silky smooth character fronts with confectioner's sugar, and opens up into mellow red fruit. The oak is dominant but not dominating, and the acidity is really allowed to shine on the spicy chocolate finish.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
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4.00 5
02/24/2010

The nose has very strong oak, with cherries, and noticeable tangerines and other citrus. The mouth is soft, not very acidic, with mild tannins and alcohol, which fills out the body with the oak. I enjoy the combined grace and the way it conveys citrus without too much acid.


Snooth User: solomania9
63312,961
4.00 5
02/24/2010

Dark fruit nose with hints of cinnamon. Potpourri of fruit - literally. There's a floral element in there which compliments an extremely well-balanced slightly syrupy baking spice infused flavor. Medium to full bodied. Really interesting wine.


Snooth User: solomania9
63312,961
3.00 5
02/24/2010

Bright fruit aroma that takes on a musky twinge. Cherries dominate but blend with clove and oranges. Medium bodied with a long powdery complex vegetal finish.


Snooth User: vardaman
7409597
3.50 5
06/03/2008

cherry, cherry liqor, light spice, nice balance, blackberry plum


Snooth User: puteschill
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4.00 5
04/21/2008

One of our long-time favorites, this unoaked Chateauneuf style blend is always a crowd pleaser. Great for burgers, steaks and b-b-q, the deep yet bright red fruit flavors leap out of the glass. Medium bodied with velvety smooth tannins, this wine is drinking great.


External Reviews for Torbreck Grenache Barossa Valley les Amis

External Review
03/19/2013

Ripe and generous, offering a supple mouthful of cherry, black pepper, bacon and spice flavors that rocket through a layer of fine tannins. The spices, including cardamom and anise seed, come through strongly on the finish. Drink now through 2017. 30... Wine Spectator. A Grenache wine from South Australia in Australia. 2006 Torbreck Les Amis 750ml


External Review
01/02/2011

The 2006 Les Amis is 100% Grenache aged in new oak for 18 months. Purple-colored, it exhibits an enthralling nose of smoky oak, roses, garrigue, lavender, black cherry, and black raspberry. It conceals enough ripe tannin to support 5-7 years of addit... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Grenache wine from South Australia in Australia. 2006 Torbreck Les Amis 750ml


External Review
11/12/2008

Extraordinarily elegant for a wine of such power, richness, and intensity, it is an inky colour, deep with a dark purple lustre and blackish robe highlights. The nose is extraordinarily deep in fruit cake, dark chocolate, liquorice and sweet almost plum jam aromas. Amazingly delineated, with a further bouquet of gorgeously sweet smoke, spice box, black cherry... More liqueur, creme de cassis, licorice, and lavender, it offers impressive balance, purity, opulence, and persistence. A decadent wine in the mouth with outstanding depth, concentration of flavour, lashings of tannin and warmth of alcohol.


External Review
04/29/2010

Les Amis 2006 - Torbreck : Les Amis 2006 - Rotwein von Torbreck VintnersAuch der Les Amis 2006 ist ein besonders erhabener Wein. Er präsentiert sich rund, vollmundig, weich und üppig und zeigt dabei intensive Blaubeer- und Pflaumenaromen, sowie Anklänge an Kirschlikör, Lavendel und Lakritze und einem wunderschönen langen Abgang. Dieser kraftvolle, muskulöse Grenache ist reintönig und elegant mit seinen wunderschön integrierten Eichentönen und begeistert mit einem wunderschönen langen Finale. Entstanden ist er aus einer Idee der beiden Weinfachmänner Ignatius Chan und Dave Powell. Ignatius ermutigte Dave entgegen aller Tradition eine spezielle Parzelle Grenache in 100% neuem Barrique auszubauen. Der daraus entstandene Power-Wein ist ein überaus geglücktes Experiment. Genießen Sie den Wein für sich alleine, zu dunklem Fleisch, würzigen Käsesorten, mediterraner Küche und zu Schokolade.Weingut: Torbreck VintnersLand: AustralienRegion: Barossa ValleyRebsorte: 100% GrenacheAlkoholgehalt: 14,75 Vol.%Säuregehalt: 7 g/lRestsüße: trockenInhalt: 0,75 lLagerfähigkeit: 5 - 7 Jahre ab JahrgangFassreife: in Barriques gereift (18 Monate)Empfohlene Serviertemperatur: 16-18°CAuszeichnungen für den Torbreck Les Amis:98 Parker Punkte94 Punkte - Steven Tanzer (IWC) Rotwein > Australien > Barossa Valley


External Review
02/07/2010

Torbreck Juvenile's GSM 2006: Der Wein wurde mehrfach ausgezeichnet. Benannt wurde er nach der Juveniles Weinbar in Paris, dessen Besitzer Tim Johnston 1999 hatte Dave gebeten, speziell für ihn einen Wein zu kreieren. Am Gaumen und im üppigen Bouquet kann man opulente Aromen von Kirschlikör, Himbeeren und Brombeeren erleben. Dazu kommen würzige Note von schwarzen Oliven und Pfeffer. Der Wein ist vollmundig, üppig und betont fruchtig. Er durchlief in Edelstahltanks die malolaktische Gärung. Schon früh wurden aufgrund der relativ warmen Witterung hohe Öchselgrade erreicht, so dass viele Sorten gleichzeitig gelesen werden mussten. Besonders die Aromen waren in diesem Jahrgang exemplarisch.Passt ausgezeichnet zu französischer Küche, Gegrilltem, Schmorgerichten, Steaks aber auch zuwürzigen Käsesorten, wie Parmesan oder zu Schokoladen-Desserts.Weingut: Torbreck VintnersRegion: Barossa ValleyRebsorte: 60% Grenache, 20% Shiraz, 20% MourvedreInhalt: 0,75 lAlkoholgehalt: 14,75 Vol.%Säuregehalt: 5,25 g/lRestsüße: trockenLagerfähigkeit: 3 - 5 Jahre ab Jahrgang Fassreife: Ausbau in StahltanksEmpfohlene Serviertemperatur: 12-16°CAuszeichnungen:91 Parker Punkte90 Punkte - The wine companion (James Halliday)87 Punkte - Steven Tanzer (IWC)88 Punkte - Wine Spectator Rotwein > Australien > Barossa Valley


External Review
02/07/2010

Torbreck The Steading GSM 2006: Als Steading wird auf einer Farm in den schottischen Highlands, wo Dave Powell in seiner Jugend als Holzfäller arbeitete, ein Komplex von Nebengebäuden, Stallungen und Scheunen bezeichnet. Obwohl die Rebsorten Grenache, Mataro und Shiraz für sich alleine stehen können, fügen sich ihre Stärken beim Verschnitt zu einem komplexen Wein von solider Struktur zusammen (David Powell).Das würzige Bukett präsentiert intensive Aromen von Pfeffer, Zimt, getrockneten Kräutern und Soja, dazu gesellen sich rote und dunkle Beerenfrüchte sowie erdige Töne. Dieser Rotwein im französischen Stil zeigt sich sehr komplex und schön vollmundig. Die einzelnen Parzellen wurden separat vinifiziert und erst vor dem Abfüllen verschnitten.Dieser Wein ist ein perfekter Begleiter in der französischen Küche, passt aber auch hervorragend zu Steaks, würzigem Käse und zu Schokoladendesserts. Er sollte mindestens eine Stunde vor dem Servieren geöffnet werden.Weingut: Torbreck VintnersRegion: Barossa ValleyRebsorte: 60% Grenache, 20% Shiraz, 20% Mataro (Mourvedre)Inhalt: 0,75 lAlkoholgehalt: 15,0 Vol.%Säuregehalt: 6,5 g/lRestsüße: trockenFassreife: in Barriques gereift (18 Monate)Empfohlene Serviertemperatur: 16-18 °CLagerfähigkeit: 7-10 Jahre ab JahrgangAuszeichnungen:91 Parker Punkte Rotwein > Australien > Barossa Valley


External Review
07/11/2007

From the Barossa Valley in South Australia, we bring you this superb full-bodied red. A blend of Grenache, Mataro (aka MourvŠdre) and Shiraz. Lots of bright berry fruit and velvety tannins. This wine does not see any oak and therefore shows plenty of clean, fruit-driven appeal.



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Sourced from the devigorated soils of western Seppeltsfield, the 100% Grenache Les Amis is a testament to what only the most fastidious farming can achieve - purity, intensity and finesse. Possessing a dense, saturated ruby/purple hue Les Amis flaunts the concentration, poise and panache of which only the greatest terroirs are gifted. Delicate scents of Chinese five spice, smoke, white flowers and roasted herbs precede a dense, brooding core of black cherry, coal and scorched earth. The well delineated palate offers tremendous texture and combines glorious fruit purity with subtle notes of toasted brioche, fresh cream and balsamic.Multi-dimensional and incredibly intricate, the wine finishes with crisp acids and a cloak of beautifully ripe, polished tannins. Revealing a savoury elegance in its youth, Les Amis will continue to build in complexity for many years to come. This wine scores 94 points from Robert Parker.

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