Editorial Reviews for Torbreck Red Rhone Blend Barossa Valley Cuvée Juveniles
This has quite the fruity nose with jammy strawberries sprinkled with white pepper being joined by some dried game notes and hints of dried grass. On entry this is round and soft with a sweet edge to it. There is bit too much acid but nice tannins that help flesh out the mid-palate. The fruit is fresh and primary and the flavors really mirror the nose with strawberry jam, pepper, game, and a touch of wood spice. The fruit turns blacker on the backend and drops of quite a bit on the short finish, which end on a slightly sweet, jammy note. A bit monotone and gangly but with plenty of fruit. 86pts
CWC tasting, loved, bought
The 2008 Torbreck Cuvée Juveniles was a medium purplish ruby with very noticeable legs. On the nose, there were luscious, ripe red fruits—strawberries and raspberries—followed by a hint of cinnamon. In the mouth, the first taste had an initial surprise of hotness, after which juicy red fruits—strawberries, raspberries, and cherries—emerged, followed by a touch of white pepper and cinnamon. The wine had lower tannins and acid, which makes it nice and light. On the second night with this wine, the Cuvée Juveniles was more jammy than juicy, and the raspberries were more prominent than the strawberries. For my complete review, visit my blog at bit.ly/1LimnD
Sweet and fruity, there's a good acidic burst on the attack, the palate reminds me of grape children's vitamins and concord grape jelly.
classic rhone nose. flavor of strawberry jam and stone fruits. lots of wet rock. This went paired incredibly with polish kielbasa, but after the meal the wine fell apart. Very unpleasant, bitter and stony. If you can finish it with dinner then you are all set. May age well for a year or so but this type of wine is meant to be enjoyed young. This is food wine folks.
60% Grenache, 20% Shiraz, 20% Mataro. Dry wood scent. Sweet start, sour/tangy, dry yet jammy.
Not really my thing. If you like the Mollydooker stuff, you'll like this and for probably less money, but it's way over the top on fruit for me...and I like fruit bombs. Nose: big fruit - strawberry predominately. Attack: fruit driven too with acid on the front palate. Not sure what the alcohol content is on this stuff, but it's high. Upon inspection 14.5%. Mid-palate: explodes with fruit.. Really bold stuff - tons and tons of fruit. No oak. Finish: Nothing notable hanging around on the finish (other than more fruit). ..medium to light-full bodied wine (more than medium, less than full). Clean finish in general. Don't misread, this is very well made wine, but the style is pretty wild. A huge fruit bomb with no oak, and not a whole lot of structure or balance. I love most of the stuff out of Barossa Valley. It's bold, straight forward wine that anyone can enjoy. This is too, however if you appreciate old world wines, or even the big California Reds (as far on the other side of the spectrum as they are), this may not be your thing. Not sure how Parker got to a 92, but whatever. Drink this stuff with BBQ or State-Fair food (ie. fried twinkies, cotton candy, etc). Big bonus - it's got a screw cap, so you can actually open it at a state fair and know it will drink fine.
External Reviews for Torbreck Red Rhone Blend Barossa Valley Cuvée Juveniles
WA 91pts. - IWC 90pts. - According to the Wine Advocate: A blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Shiraz and 20% Mataro, the 2009 Cuvee Juveniles came from vines averaging 90 years old and yielding around 22 hl/ha. Deep garnet-purple, it has a profoundly fruity nose, giving fragrant notes of warm raspberries, strawberries, some funk and earth plus a little tar and black pepper. Full-bodied, it offers a medium level of silky tannins, crisp acid to balance the concentrated fruit and a long finish. Delicious now, it should remain fresh and vibrant through 2015+.
Fresh and vibrant, this is framed with crisp tannins, offering a core of plum and licorice flavors that vie for attention. The finish gets a bit hot. Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro. Drink now through 2013.
Bright red-ruby. Fragrant, spicy aromas of blueberry, raspberry and slightly stewed plum are vibrant, meaty and musky, showing undertones of animal hide and underbrush. Velvety-smooth and harmonious; a distinctively Australian expression of an easy-drinking Rhône red. Brambly black and red fruit flavors complicated by leather and charcuterie notes. Finishes fresh, fine and persistent.
This amazing blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre (60/20/20) sees no time in oak, earning it the name Juvenile in reference to its youthful, unadulterated exhibition of pure Barossa fruit. This isn't light, simple, fruity wine, however. Vivid, cherry, blueberry, and currant flavors build in intensity amidst a creamy and deceptively full-bodied texture that packs a lot more punch than first suggested.
From the Barossa Valley in South Australia, we bring you this superb full-bodied red. A blend of Grenache, Mataro (aka Mourvèdre) 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.
Earthy, dusky blackberry and anise flavors have distinction and persistence, filling out nicely on the plump finish, framed with a layer of chunky tannins. Grenache, Mataro (Mourvèdre) and Shiraz. Drink now through 2006.