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Torbreck Red Rhone Blend Barossa Valley Cuvée Juveniles 2008
Juveniles is a 'cult' Parisian wine bar run by eningmatic ex-pat Englishman, Tim Johnston. He's been in Paris more than twenty years and is a passionate promoter of the Rhone Valley and it's wines, particularly individualist, quality minded producers. Dave Powell hit it off with Tim over the years, eventually making a wine exclusively for his wine bar in 1999. In keeping with Tim and Dave's love of Rhone Valley varietals and the fact that they are equally at home in the Barossa,the blend constitutes old-vine Grenache, Mataro (Mourvedre) and Shiraz and was elevaged entirely in stainless steel.
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
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
Named for a wine bar in Paris for which this wine was formulated, this is a GSM with 60% Granache, and equal parts Shiraz and Mourvedre. In past vintages, I've found it lean and herbal, but this vintage brings flavors of ripe plum and cherry fruit, and earth, in equal measure. Light-to-medium bodied in the mouth, it's 100% tank fermented, with bread flour and eucalyptus aromas.
The unwooded blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, and 20% Shiraz, the 2002 Juveniles, is a crunchy, deliriously fruity red offering aromas of kirsch liqueur, pepper, and spice box in a fruit-driven, full-bodied style that is immensely captivating as well as satisfying. It is meant to be enjoyed over the next 5-6 years.
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.
If readers want to know what the quintessential Australian fruit bomb tastes like, check out the 2000 Juveniles, a tank-fermented blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Shiraz, and 20% Mourvedre. Bursting at the seams with juicy blackberry, cherry, and currant fruit, it offers copious quantities of spicy, peppery characteristics, sexy, seductive glycerin levels, and a creamy texture that defines the word hedonism. It is not going to make old bones, but for drinking over the next 2-3 years, this is a fabulous, fruit-filled effort from Barossa. Anticipated maturity: now-2005.
A terrific buy, the 2005 Juveniles is a tank-fermented and aged blend of Grenache (60%), Shiraz (20%), and Mataro (20%) made from 40-150-year old vines. Provencal-like notes of garrigue, pepper, spice, sweet cherries, and black currants jump from the glass of this elegant, medium-bodied effort. With superb fruit as well as purity, and no hard edges, it can be enjoyed over the next 2-4 years.
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.
Medium red. Blackberry and cassis on the nose, with subtle cocoa and roasted coffee qualities. Sweet, jammy dark berry flavors are hit with a late jolt of vanilla. Quite soft and with no obvious tannins, this easygoing wine finishes sweet and lightly spicy. I'd serve this with grilled, strongly seasoned red meat.
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