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2014 Torbreck The Steading GSM

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RRP $43.99 per bottle

Our Price $38.99

Case Price

$233.94 (6 x 750ml)

cracka review

In the Torbreck hierarchy, The Steading actually sits closer to the bottom than the top but, controversially, it can actually be one of the more satisfying wines. What makes it so is that it is lighter, less oak-rich and more fruit driven than some of the more expensive wines above it, a combination that sees it often drinking better earlier.

expert reviews

Mike Bennie (2014 Vintage) says

GSM from Torbreck. Such a reliable, great drink.

No slouch here. It’s warm hearted, generous, soft and supple in texture. Loads of berries-dipped-in-chocolate scents, whiff of tar and char, touch of green herbs for interest. A smooth, rich, forest berried, nougat lashed, sweet spiced, long and sumptuous red of ease of drinking and charm. It’s a great representation of an ample, balanced, lush-feeling rouge of great drinkability. Lots going on, lip smacking to the core.

2017 - 2023
93
Huon Hooke (2014 Vintage) says
Deep red colour with a tinge of purple, the bouquet very smoky as though it's had some toasty new oak - but it hasn't. It's the style of the fruit. Meaty charcuterie notes, with some funky notes, and the palate is medium-bodied and soft, mellow and slightly forward, with some peppercorn and walnut nuances. Some sappy, sticky tannins on the aftertaste. The wine is majority Grenache, which shows. There's an animal note throughout the wine, which is OK now as long as it doesn't grow with age.
2017 - 2027
91
Wine Companion (2013 Vintage) says
A blend of grenache, mataro and shiraz. Predictably complex and mouthfilling; the grenache has been overwhelmed by the impact of the mataro and shiraz, liquorice, tar and earth coming to the fore, coupled with tannins and alcohol. Give it time.
Drink by 2033
94

winemaker's notes

‘On a highland farm in Scotland the collection of barns, stables and outbuildings is known as a Steading. Here in the Barossa Valley the varieties Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz all stand in their own right, however in blending, their strengths create a complex wine of solid, earthy structure.’

The 2014 Steading has a vibrant, purity of fruit, mid palate concentration and tannin profile making it an exemplary wine. Barossa cultivars of old vine Grenache, Shiraz & Mataro.

Vibrant aromas of cherry fruit, star anise hints of violet and nutmeg all unfold to reveal an impressive array of underlying fruit flavours.

A polished, succulent dark fruits layer of plum, black olive, earth, licorice and Asian spice. These complex yet elegant flavours are all neatly interwoven with a perfect balance of acidity and supple, silky tannins.

The 2014 Steading will continue to develop with time in the cellar & shall provide those with patience, great enjoyment for many years to come.

Vinification: Each of the individual blocks (many were picked in different stages to ensure perfectly ripened fruit) were de-stemmed separately into both wooden & concrete open top fermenters where the juice was gently pumped over the skins twice a day for 6-7 days. After basket pressing the wine was racked from tank into older French Hogsheads where natural malo-lactic conversion occurred. Following 20 months maturation on fine yeast lees the wine was assembled and bottled in January 2016 without the use of fining or filtration.

Varietals: Grenache (77%), Mataro (15%) & Shiraz (8%)

Alc/vol: 15.0%