2016 Torbreck Grenache Hillside Vineyard

Year: 2016
Appellation: Barossa Valley
Country: Australia
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 93
James Suckling: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.5%
Price :
$59.95

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"Plenty of bass notes to this rich, savory example, showing loam, mineral and fresh mushroom accents that mingle with a dense blackberry and cassis core. Spice and tobacco details linger on the finish, with the tannins firming up. Drink now through 2028. 120 cases made, 40 cases imported. -MW" (WS)

"Bright cherry and raspberry fruit marks the nose of Torbreck's 2016 Hillside Vineyard Grenache. The oak signature is modest, with fruit and dried spices (cinnamon, allspice and clove) taking the lead in this full-bodied but delicate, nimble wine. The tannins have a silky feel, lingering on the finish, where they add savory nuance." (WA)

"A very bold, fleshy and plum-driven grenache from 1949 plantings near Lyndoch in the south of the Barossa Valley. There’s attractive depth and freshness that match up with the sturdy tannins. Drink or hold." (JS)

Winery Notes:
"Grapes grown at our historic Hillside property, located in the southerly Barossa sub-region of Lyndoch, are typified by lifted aromatics and fine tannins - highly expressive and impeccably balanced."

This exceptional single vineyard Grenache comes from the most southerly owned Torbreck vineyard in the Barossa Valley, the Hillside vineyard. Located just north of the township of Lyndoch on the gentle westerly facing high slopes, this historic property was one of the very first settled in the 1830's. Acquired by Torbreck in 2002 its ancient buildings and vineyards are being brought slowly back to life.

The soil composition comprises of mostly dark red clay scattered with shale, quartzite and ironstone. These dry grown bush vines are always low yielding and consistently produce outstanding fruit. This unique parcel has all the bright, opulent fruit characteristics that we look for in dry grown Grenache combined with a seamless tannin profile due to a partial whole bunch fermentation. The rich, luxuriant fruit is further enhanced by barrel maturation in a French oak Foudre barrels, which perfectly balances the wine style we were looking to achieve.