Torbreck Hillside Grenache 2018
1 or more bottles$75.00
Wine Enthusiast91 points
The Hillside vineyard was established near the town of Lyndoch in the south western corner of the Barossa Valley in 1849 by the Springbett family. The first vines were planted in 1850 to Shiraz and Grenache and by 1860 two generations of the Springbett family had built a small winery, the second to be established in the region.
Magnificent depth of colour displaying an impenetrable inky black core and a deep dark purple black hue. Intensely aromatic the nose offers up a combination of ripe dark plum, liquorice and blackberry scents which overlay vanillin oak, a hint of honeysuckle and spicy fennel notes. The palate is rich, lavish and densely textured, voluptuous spicy dark plum, black cherry and liquorice fruits give the otherwise sturdy tannin structure a velvety feel. Elements of fennel, vanillin oak and pepper sit beneath. Outstanding power concluding long and decadent.
Enjoy with a succulent beef and venison.
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- Black Cherry
- Red Cherry
- Red Meat
Critic Scores & reviews
"This vintage of Torbreck's singe-vineyard Grenache is a charming wine. The fruit is ripe, like grape and strawberry jelly. It's appealing but offers few secondary notes to add complexity. Thankfully, the layers come on the palate where firmly structured tannins are chalky in texture, supporting all that ripe fruit. Subtle floral and spice notes creep into the finish. This is a classy, high-gloss Grenache."
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Australia's wine industry is a thriving part of the country's economy, contributing significantly to employment, production, export, and tourism. In fact, the industry is the fourth-largest wine exporter in the world, shipping out 760 million liters of wine to countries including France, Italy, Spain, and the UK. One of the key factors contributing to Australia's success as a "New World" wine producer is the formal export and marketing of its wines through Wine Australia.
Australia's wine regions are scattered across the south and southeast, with almost every state boasting its own vineyards. Victoria, for example, is home to an impressive 21 wine regions. Some of the most famous wine regions in Australia include Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, and local regions to New South Wales such as Cowra, Southern Highlands, and Mudgee.
Australian winemakers are known for producing a diverse range of grape varieties, with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir being among the most popular. They tend to focus on producing wines that are ripe, fruit-forward, and easy to drink, using modern winemaking techniques and equipment such as stainless steel tanks and temperature-controlled fermentation.
With its bold, fruit-driven flavors and reputation for quality and diversity, Australian wine has become a popular choice for wine lovers around the world. And with such a broad range of wine regions and grape varieties, there's something for every palate to enjoy.
If you like Australian wine, then you probably like South Australia wine. The rich reds produced there put Australia on the wine-making map of the world. With over 40% of the country's vineyards, South Australia can rightfully call itself the wine state.
Wines are produced in several regions throughout the state, though many are naturally grouped together, like Barossa and Eden Valleys, only 15 minutes apart. They include such regions as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, The Limestone Coast, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully to name but a few!
Barossa Valley boasts some of the oldest vines in Australia dating back to 1843 and produces some of the world's finest Shiraz, whilst the 'terra rossa' soils of Coonawarra is most suited to producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons. If you're a fan of Riesling, Clare Valley is a great place to explore and for a Maritime climate not dissimilar to parts of the Italian coastline, seek out the wines from McLaren Vale.
The Barossa Valley is about an hour and a half drive to the North of Adelaide, in South Australia and is the oldest wine region in the country, founded by German settlers. The region can be credited with putting Australian wine on the world wine map, thanks to Shiraz, which thrives in the warm climate (though Hunter Valley Semillon also contributed.)
For many years traditionalist wine makers thought the grape variety was best suited to the cooler climates of the Rhone Valley and that the variety would cook in the warmth of the Australian sun. Although South Australian Shiraz is a bigger, beefier wine than its southern French counterpart Syrah, no one can deny the region's propensity to produce world-class wines.
Not only Shiraz is cultivated in Barossa Valley, with other red varieties such as Grenache, Mourvedre (Mataro) and to a lesser extent Cabernet Sauvignon. The white varieties that thrive best seem to be Semillon, Chardonnay and Rhone varietals like viognier, Marsanne and Roussane.
The Valley has many subregions which all have unique terroirs. Seppeltsfield, Marananga, Greenock are to name but a few. With a huge number of wineries in such a small area and a host of accommodation, the region is very popular for wine tourism. In the words of Master of Wine Jancis Robinson, the Barossa Valley became "Australia's quintessential wine region."
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About the brand Torbreck
With a large portfolio of premium wines, Torbreck produces varietal wines, blends and single-vineyard selections of old and new vines. The classic reds of the Rhone and The Barossa Valley: Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro, are paired with the holy trinity of whites: Viognier, Marsanne and Rousanne. Torbreck Vintners has since changed hands, but the quality remands the same. With twenty years of history behind it, the winery is poised to continue producing everyday and ultra-premium wines for many years to come.