2011 Torbreck "Juveniles" Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvedre Barossa Valley South Australia (Elsewhere $20+)
Smooth and vibrant, with spicy clove and green olive overtones around a dark core of dried blueberry and allspice, lingering on the generous, expressive finish. Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz. Drink now through 2018.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Torbreckís 2011 Cuvee Juveniles presents a medium garnet-purple color and vibrant aromas of raspberry preserves, kirsch, black and white pepper and smoked bacon with just a hint of damp loam. Full-bodied with plenty of juicy red berry preserve flavors, it has a medium level of silky tannins, refreshing acid acidity and a long peppery finish. Delicious now, it should keep to 2016+. (LB)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(62% grenache, 23% mataro and 15% shiraz): Dark ruby. Highly fragrant aromas of peppery cherry and dark berries, with a subtle floral nuance in the background. I'd have guessed that there was a lot more shiraz in here, a whole lot more in fact. Spicy and light on its feet, offering gently sweet blackberry and cherry compote flavors and a hint of allspice. Finishes with emphatic spiciness and very good focus, with no obvious tannins and a lingering, palate-numbing note of black pepper.
Light to medium red-purple; a blend of grenache, mataro and shiraz with more savoury/spicy characters than prior vintages, no doubt a reflection of the vintage.
Bold and seductive, this youthful, unoaked blend encapsulates all that is great in natural, pure, unseasoned wine. Its fragrance, intensity and energy are all reminiscent of freshly fermenting must, with ripe juicy flavours of blackberry, spiced cherries, minerals and Asian spices wrapped around a skeleton of fresh acidity and fine mineral laden tannins. Soft and sensuous, this wine is frightfully drinkable already, but as with its predecessors will greatly recompense those who choose to give it a few years in the cellar.