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Torbreck The Steading Grenache Shiraz Mataro

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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. 

Winemaker's Notes

The 2010 Steading is composed from the traditional Barossa cultivars of Grenache, Shiraz & Mataro. It has long been a favourite wine within the Torbreck stable because of the old, gnarled ‘bush vines’ that produce its core. 

Deep ruby with flickers of violet, it's delicate aromas of truffle, five spice and spring flowers are supported by a rich core of liquorice, saddle leather and Provencal herbs. Very ‘Burgundian’ in style, the palate is elegant and pure with subtle notes of crushed cherries, earth and cedar all neatly wound by a taut spine of acidity and ripe supple tannins. 

The 2010 Steading will continue to unfold with time in the cellar & shall provide those with the patience great enjoyment for many years to come. 

‘On a highland farm the collection of barns, stables and outbuildings is known as a steading. 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.’

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Torbreck The Steading Grenache Shiraz Mataro

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Jeremy Oliver says
Spicy and densely packed, this very ripe, meaty and slightly minty red has a floral, jammy and raisiny grenache-driven bouquet of blueberries and plums. It?s sumptuous and juicy, with a warm, smooth and spirit palate of dark plum and blackberry flavours with meaty undertones supported by a firmish spine of fine tannins. It finishes long and, despite some lingering sweetness, with some savoury aspects.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
A blend of grenache, shiraz and mataro that has greater weight and complexity than the colour would suggest, even to the extent of touches of spice and chocolate; the overall balance between fruit, oak and tannins is good, and merits medium-term cellaring.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
To 2016
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
A fiery, cultivated and flavoursome southern Rh™ne style with depth and richness, elegance and spice. Scented with nuances of fennel, briar and woodsmoke, its fragrance of plums, prunes, blueberries and red cherries has a spicy note of clove and cinnamon. Gentle and even, with vibrant, dark cherry, plum and berry flavours and fine, grainy tannin, it finishes long, soft and savoury with lingering notes of blueberries and licorice.
The Australian Wine Annual
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
Torbreck's Steading is a blend of grenache, mataro and shiraz, and offers a ripe take on the blend that reflects the warmth of the vintage: plenty of red fruits, some wild herbs here, nutty oak has folded in and there's a spicy thread. The palate's supple and soft; ripe tannins spread red-fruit flavour smoothly. Drink young.
The Good Wine Guide
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
An elegant, drying, fine and supple Rhone blend with a spicy, slightly meaty presence of blueberry, cassis and plum-like fruit framed by fine, dusty tannins and backed by suggestions of baked earth, cinnamon and cloves, violets and white pepper. Presently a little awkward and angular, it extends well down the palate, finishing with undertones of treacle, bitumen, plus a core of sweet, faintly raisined fruit.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Very light colour; typical Barossa Valley Rhone blend dominated by grenache (60%) with soft, gently ripe fruit and minimal tannins. Grenache/Mataro/Shiraz.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Ultra-fragrant, ultra-juicy aromas; a cupboard of spices join in on the palate; subtle tannins; southern Rhone-style.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Ken Gargett (2005 Vintage) says
It would be negligent of me not to include at least one of Torbreck's superb world-class reds, but a bit unfair to my readers to go for the brilliant big guns—the Factors, Runrigs, Descendents etc.—at $130 and up. Anyway, I love this grenache, shiraz, mataro blend. It's long and balanced, filled with beautiful fruit but showing surprising elegance. This is Totbreck quality at a fraction of the price (although that's still a pretty hefty fraction).
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Typical raspberry/cherry jam flavours ex grenache, but given more complexity by the other components; fine, gentle, savoury tannins. Grenache/Mataro/Shiraz
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Relatively light colour; a light- to medium-bodied mix of fresh, juicy red berry fruit and fine tannins; needed a touch more bulk. Grenache/Shiraz/Mataro.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Heady and perfumed, its licorice like aromas of blueberries cranberries and raspberries overlie spicy notes of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg and restrained cedary oak. It's wild and brambly, with a juicy palate deeply stained with flavours of red and black fruits, plus a powerful blueberry grenache influence. Framed by fine and pliant tannins, it s an artfully composed and controlled riper style, culminating in a lingering savoury finish of sour cherries and star anise.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Complex texture, structure and flavour; a melange of sweet tobacco, spice and fruits; sophisticated medium-bodied wine; fine, savoury tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
With obvious Rhone Valley pretensions, its spicy, meaty aromas of violets, blackberries, plums and undergrowth are laced with a perfume of cloves and cinnamon, With underlying suggestions of cured meats. Elegant and fine-grained despite its remarkable opulence and complexity, its juicy, fleshy palate of licorice-like red and black fruits culminates in a very long and savoury finish of lingering intensity.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the fragrant bouquet has juicy/jammy berry fruit supported by subtle oak, the palate with sweet, quite luscious fruit providing good flow and mouthfeel. Carries its 14° alcohol well.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; the potent, voluminous dark berry, leather, spice and blackberry aromas of the bouquet lead into a rich, mouthfilling wine on the palate, with very ripe (14.5°) fruit nicely offset with gently chewy tannins and subtle oak.
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium red, with some purple hues; the bouquet shows quite pronounce jammy /berry Grenache varietal character, which is as it should be, together with a nicely judged touch of vanilla oak. The wine has tremendous character on the palate, with that very sweet ripe grenache fruit coming through on the faintly, but far from unpleasantly jammy mid-palate. Very seductive.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999

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