The sun’s just come out in Adelaide and I’m readying myself for a day of jollity in the Barossa Valley. Got myself into the zone last night with one of the best young Australian reds I’ve ever had. I was with about 15 others in Goodlife Pizza on Hutt Street, and there were several bottles on the table. but the one that people couldn’t stop talking about – or drinking – was this gem from Torbreck.
OK, not quite the wine in the pic above – that’s from the inaugural 2009 vintage. But the 2010 we guzzled with gusto last night was just a mouthful of joyful, gluggable bramble and berry fruit, pepped up with spicy floral characters and a refreshingly earthy finish. To all those other Grenache growers in South Australia, please, please can we have some more wines like this. It was one of those wines that normally generous people ended up hogging at their end of the table, and it completely blew the socks off that cleavage wine Clarendon Hills Astralis – which everyone tried, but no one retried. But then why would you bother hanging out with the Incredible Hulk when Catwoman is on the prowl?