Torbreck 2000 Barossa Valley "Juveniles" ($34.99)
Dark ruby, with a reddish glint. Black plums, menthol, leather and a distant, pleasant whiff of earthy "barnyard" scents combine in a luscious aroma dominated by ripe fruit and spice. Big and full but not overwhelming; while it's loaded with fruit, it doesn't knock you down in its rush to get out of the glass. A blend of 60 percent Grenache, 20 percent Mourvedre (here called "Mataro") and 20 percent Shiraz and made without oak aging, it's an appealing blend of Barossa character with unusual complexity and balance. US Importer: The Grateful Palate, Oxnard, Calif. (Oct 30, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: Tasted against the simple background of roast chicken, the wine shows well; the food match seems to bring up the wine's complexity of flavor while keeping its exuberant fruit in balance.



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