Henschke's Lenswood vineyard in the Adelaide Hills

Friday 22 July 2011

Torbreck, Les Amis Grenache (2009)

Barossa Valley (Seppeltsfield), South Australia
Screwcap, 15.2%, non organic, RRP $210

Dark ruby in colour. The nose deceptively restrained. With a soft entrance, the depth of fruit intensity and complexity soon emerged. Silky tannins danced with juicy fruit and delicate French oak. The depth of flavour was surprising. Sourced from a single vineyard planted in 1901. This was a straight Grenache that almost swept me off my feet... and then I saw the price and started gasping for air - 94.

P.s. I wonder how Torbreck (and other Australian wineries) are coping with the high Australian dollar? Will they be able to sustain such high asking prices for some of their wines in the context of (what must be) a crippled American market? I concede this is a very nice wine, but with an extraordinary price tag.  


  1. David,

    I had a sample of this at Torbreck's cellar door the other week, where it sold for $187.50 from memory (:-O. I agree it's quite the wine, but its price sells it to a rather small corner of the market to say the least. I was gobsmacked by how well its gorgeous fruit soaked up 24 months in new French oak though - very impressive! :)

    Chris P

  2. Our timing was a happy coincidence. I read your review the other day with much interest. It was a very impressive wine. Yes, the price tag is in a corner of the market that I rarely visit. This tasting was part of a Barossa Valley line up in Sydney.

    Love your work, by the way.