Torbreck Harris Grenache 2018
- Rich, full-bodied
- Barossa Valley
If you think grenache can’t have the same intensity of power and flavour than that of its shiraz brethren, think again. Torbreck have stayed true to their calling of providing full bodied reds synonymous with Barossa. With 18 months in larger french oak formats, the Harris has had enough time for oak to integrate without it overpowering classic grenache personality traits of softer blue fruits, lifted liquorice, lighter white pepper and a recognisable liveliness over the palate. This single site from Marananga on Barossa’s western ridge uses all bush vines and the 2018 vintage, strong overall, was particularly suited to this varietal. Better suited to younger drinking, the optimum window to enjoy this would be over the next few years so as not to lose it’s vibrancy and plushness. Best paired with American style barbecued and smoked meats with a side of spicy slaw.
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- Barossa Valley
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- Blend Info
- 100% Grenache
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From the producer
The bouquet offers sweet raspberries and ripe cherry, further lifted with a complex array of black pepper, violets and liquorice. At the heart of this wine is a soft plump cherry fruit core and soft mouth coating tannins.
This single site Grenache comes from the Harris Vineyard located in Marananga on the western ridge of the Barossa Valley. Grown as bush vines in iron stone rich brown loam and clay soils the resulting wine is highly expressive with fragrant aromatics, tension and balance. An above average winter rainfall led into a below average spring and summer rainfall, producing small bunches and small berries, leading to a reduced yield. Quality was certainly high, particular amongst our red varieties of Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro. 2018 wines will be remembered for their impressive colour, structure and longevity.
18 months in 2400 litre French oak foudre.
Founded by Dave Powell in 1994 and effectively taking Barossa to the world, Torbreck are considered an upstart, a revolutionary and a pin-up for Australian wine. With some of the most expensive, voluptuous and downright massive reds on the planet, they were bound to be divisive, but also bound to impress. They don’t go for mass market appeal, they go for their target market – those who love such wines. Every wine from Torbreck is special, sourced from special vineyards and made with careful attention and no shying away from their vision. We can’t say that there hasn’t been turmoil and controversy along the journey, but the wines speak for themselves, free from such human issues. And they speak loudly.
'Barossa Valley'. This is Australia's key wine brand overseas, in the US especially. It's our riposte to 'Champagne', 'Scotch' and 'Barolo'. My mind conjures these images, in this order: Shiraz, Penfolds wine, Maggie Beer condiments. All of which can GET - IN - MY - BELLY! But there is so much more to the Barossa than first glance. There are fringe (and not so fringe) winemakers actively working to classify the valley's subregions, and this is a very worthy cause. From Moppa to Seppeltsfield to Marananga there's a lot of variation, and the styles produced can vary immensely. This is the next step in the vision of this region (which, let's face it, is a baby in the scheme of things), as it gets acquainted with its strengths, weaknesses and future opportunities.It's a region that's not sorry to produce the big, fruit-driven wine styles that make it so popular. So drink to the future of the Barossa, because it's as bright as any other region on the world stage.