2011 Torbreck "Juveniles" Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvedre Barossa Valley South Australia (Elsewhere $20+)

SKU #1152260 91 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (8/ 2013)

90 points 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)  (12/ 2012)

90 points 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.  (8/ 2013)

James Halliday

 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.  (7/ 2013)

K&L Notes

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.

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By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/28/2014  | Send Email
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I am normally a fan of this release from Torbreck, In fact I often like it over some of their much more expensive bottlings that can be a bit excessively brawny for my tastes. However this 2011 release is something really special. The vintage was exceptionally cold in Barossa and due to this the wine has a very elegant structure and more restraint than one might expect from these varietals and region. The wine is aromatic with floral spice notes and a touch of cracked peppercorns. On the palate the wine is decidedly medium bodied with incredibly silky soft tannins and supple mouth feel. It is vibrant and soft with balanced, gentle acidity and plenty of length on the palate despite the wines elegant form. A lovely reflection of what can result from a tricky cool vintage.
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By: Jim Chanteloup |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/21/2014  | Send Email
The Juveniles is a classic Southern Rhone blend made from 62% Grenache, 23% Mataro (Mourvedre) and 15% Shiraz. Unlike its sibling, the Steading, the wine is unoaked and made to express the purity and freshness of the fruit minus the added structure from oak. The bouquet soars with white pepper spice, raspberry, boysenberry, some floral notes and a hint of leather. On the palate the wine is medium-bodied with good acidity and fine supple tannins that lead to a finish with fine persistence.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley and Pyrenees in Victoria and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. While many equate Aussie wines with "value", there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Barossa Valley