Torbreck "Hillside Vineyard" Grenache 2018
(Barossa Valley, Australia) - [WA 94] [JS 93] [WE 93]
Regular price $95.00 Sale price $89.97 Save $5.03
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. 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.
An above average winter rainfall led into a below average spring and summer rainfall, producing small bunches and small berries, leading to a reduced yield. Quality was certainly high, particular amongst our red varieties of Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro. 2018 wines will be remembered for their impressive colour, structure and longevity.
This unique parcel has all the bright, opulent fruit characteristics that we look for in dry grown Grenache combined with plush red fruits, and seamless tannin profile due to a partial whole-bunch fermentation. The rich, luxuriant fruit was further enhanced by barrel maturation in a second fill 2400 litre ‘Boutes’ French oak foudre barrel, which perfectly balances the expressive fruit profile and the savoury, old world like characters from this vineyard.
Hillside Vineyard Grenache block planted in 1949
18 months in a 2400L French oak foudre
Alc/Vol 15% pH 3.56 Acidity 5.40 g/L
Lifted red fruit aromas such as red currants, pomegranate and aniseed.
Hints of earth and clove balances the savoury tones.
Medium –bodied, textural with long acid spine balanced by tight and long
yet refined tannins
Ratings & Reviews
94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"From vines planted in 1949, the 2018 Hillside Vineyard Grenache offers up almost rose-like perfumes, plus scents of Maraschino cherries and alpine strawberries. Full-bodied, yet silky and delicate at the same time, it does a wonderful job capturing the quixotic and sometimes paradoxical essence of the variety. Big but charming, concentrated yet elegant, it lingers cheerily on the finish, framed by soft tannins accentuated by bright acids." - Joe Czerwinski (20 June, 2021)
93 Points - James Suckling
"This is a parcel of old-vine (1948), dry-grown bush vines and matured as a single 4,500-liter foudre with bright, red florals and raspberries, as well as redcurrants and a little blood orange. The palate has the same blood-orange character and delivers a fresh, elemental and succulent expression of very pure, old-vine grenache. Languid tannins. Drink over the next eight years." (11 Sept 2020)
93 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"Vines have grown on the Hillside site since 1850, Barossa's earliest days. The current plot of bush vine Grenache was planted in 1949. There are oodles of unique site expressions here, although it takes its time unraveling layers of flavor: green olive, Szechuan peppercorn, vineyard floor, rose petal, ripe, bright red berries and a charred veg nuance. The palate is rich with fine, textural tannins and juicy, slinky fruit. This won't be to everyone's taste, such is the unique character of the site and winemaking style, but it should age gracefully until 2032." - Christina Pickard (Mar 2022)
91 Points - Wine Spectator
"There is a white truffle, earthy note to this red, mingling with toasted cumin, tobacco and black walnut notes. Raspberry, dried cherry and orange zest details sing out on the finish, with soft tannins. Drink now through 2030. 35 cases imported." — MW (2021)