2011 Torbreck "Juveniles" Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvedre Barossa Valley South Australia
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.