2002 Torbreck Les Amis
Grenache - 750ML
  • WA 99
  • WS 92

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WA 99
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2004
One of the most remarkable wines in Torbreck’s portfolio is the 100% Grenache cuvee the 2002 Les Amis (sadly only 120 cases produced). It is made from an old dry-farmed Grenache vineyard planted in 1901 that escaped... One of the most remarkable wines in Torbreck’s portfolio is the 100% Grenache cuvee the 2002 Les Amis (sadly only 120 cases produced). It is made from an old dry-farmed Grenache vineyard planted in 1901 that escaped the pull up of old vines that afflicted Barossa and McLaren Vale thirty years ago when the government’s intelligentsia was encouraging vineyard development in cool climate areas and had concluded that warmer South Australia areas such as Barossa and McLaren Vale were irrelevant. Obviously this was a blunder of extraordinary proportions. Luckily some old vineyards were saved. Les Amis is David Powell’s homage to the most underrated great red wine of the world France’s Chateauneuf du Pape. What is amazing about this wine is that Grenache tends to not do well in a lot of new oak but this cuvee spends 18 months in new French oak which is completely absorbed by the extraordinary fruit from Greenock Creek. A marvelous effort it boasts an inky/ruby/purple color as well as an extraordinarily provocative perfume of crushed raspberries black cherry liqueur. This full-bodied multi-dimensional red inundates the palate with fruit glycerin and intensity. It has the highest alcohol content of all the Torbreck wines (16.5%) which tend to average 14.5%. Nevertheless it is refreshing vigorous and incredibly well delineated. No doubt the old vines are the key to such a magnificent achievement. It should drink well for 10-12 years possibly longer.
WS 92
Wine Spectator, June 2005
Polished round and deftly balanced to let the pure blueberry and plum flavors sail effortlessly over the palate finishing with a refreshing zip of acidity without losing any of the smoothness. The finish sails on and on... Polished round and deftly balanced to let the pure blueberry and plum flavors sail effortlessly over the palate finishing with a refreshing zip of acidity without losing any of the smoothness. The finish sails on and on. Grenache. Drink now through 2010. 100 cases made.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Grenache
Country Australia
Region South Australia
Sub-region Barossa Valley
Vintage 2002