Torbreck Les Amis Grenache 2017

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Wine Enthusiast
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James Suckling
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Robert Parker
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TLAG201710 UCAU
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Grenache has been a stalwart variety of the Barossa for more than 150 years, ideally suited to the Mediterranean climate and ancient soils. Torbreck's ultrapolished, approachable style is on display here, but those who spurn new oak influence will run a mile. Made with French barrique (50% new), there's so much of it that it's currently blanketing the wine, giving it a coat of sweet vanilla cola. Hiding beneath are lovely, ripe black and blue fruit, flowers and spice. The palate shows more fruit purity, a silky texture and a fine tannin structure. The oak still dominates, though, and a flash of heat from the alcohol is visible, too. Give this another few years in bottle; the cellaring potential is there. - Wine Enthusiast Enjoy with family and friends with a nice beef.
Grenache has been a stalwart variety of the Barossa for more than 150 years, ideally suited to the Mediterranean climate and ancient soils. Torbreck's ultrapolished, approachable style is on display here, but those who spurn new oak influence will run a mile. Made with French barrique (50% new), there's so much of it that it's currently blanketing the wine, giving it a coat of sweet vanilla cola. Hiding beneath are lovely, ripe black and blue fruit, flowers and spice. The palate shows more fruit purity, a silky texture and a fine tannin structure. The oak still dominates, though, and a flash of heat from the alcohol is visible, too. Give this another few years in bottle; the cellaring potential is there. - Wine Enthusiast Enjoy with family and friends with a nice beef.

Scores & Reviews

90 / 100

Wine Enthusiast

Torbreck's ultrapolished, approachable style is on display here, but those who spurn new oak influence will run a mile. Made with French barrique (50% new), there's so much of it that it's currently blanketing the wine, giving it a coat of sweet vanilla cola. Hiding beneath are lovely, ripe black and blue fruit, flowers and spice. The palate shows more fruit purity, a silky texture and a fine tannin structure. The oak still dominates, though, and a flash of heat from the alcohol is visible, too. Give this another few years in bottle; the cellaring potential is there. Drink 2021–2028.

94 / 100

James Suckling

David Slade’s grenache in Greenock delivers smaller berries and bunches. This has been elevaged in French oak barriques for 24 months. Pomegranate and spiced berry-pastry aromas, together with earthy, leathery and spicy character. The cooler vintage has delivered quite complex style. The palate has a very juicy feel with a bolder oak thread and quite a chiseled palate for grenache. Plenty of structure here.

93 / 100

Robert Parker

No Les Amis was bottled in 2016, so the successor to the 2015 is the 2017 Les Amis Grenache, a wine that spent two years in 50% new barriques. It's smoky (like a barbecue pit), boasting lots of dried spices (akin to a dry rub) and cola. (What else would you pair with barbecue?) It's full-bodied and creamy, with some cherry-berry notes (so maybe it's Dr. Pepper, not cola), but the wood is a bit too dominant to make me truly swoon, adding dry tannins on the finish.