Torbreck Harris Grenache 2020
- 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 large french oak barrels, the Harris has had enough time to breathe without oak overpowering the classic grenache personality of soft blue fruits, lifted liquorice, white pepper and a undeniable liveliness on the palate. This single site from Marananga on Barossa’s western ridge uses all bush vines, meaning the low-yielding fruit was hand harvested. We haven’t had this wine for a little while due to its rarity on the retail market, and the 202o vintage produced wines of exceptional concentration due to the particularly dry season. If you’re going to drink Barossa grenache, it’s gotta be this one mofo.
Halliday Wine Companion
“Grenache sourced from the western Barossa parish of Marananga, aged for 18 months in 2400L French oak foudre. Vibrant and perfumed with a seam of gingery spice, red cherry and raspberry at its core. Hints of red licorice, cola, earth, violets and dried herbs coming into play as the wine glides across the palate finishing with a savoury red-fruited flourish and sandy tannin grip.”
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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.