The Steading is perhaps the most important wine within the Torbreck portfolio, the one that best exemplifies what Torbreck is all about. It is sourced from vines that survived the vine-pull scheme in the early 1980s, cultivated on their own roots that were unaffected by phylloxera. It also best explains the serendipitous discovery of some withered ancient vines, some well over a century old, that have been carefully nurtured back to life. Protecting and nurturing the old vine resources of the Barossa Valley is paramount to Torbreck and this wine, more than any other is an indication of what is possible from the now protected ancient Barossa cultivars - Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz.
The Steading is sourced from our own vineyard estates as well as from growers on a share-farming basis, totalling 45 different sources of fruit, all vinified separately and blended once their individual virtues have been assessed. The Steading’s generous and supple flavours combined with its silken texture are a rewarding and very versatile choice with all types of cuisine.
- SA - Barossa
- South Australia
Torbreck occupies a place all of its own; this wine's blend of grenache, shiraz and mourvedre is subservient almost to the point of irrelevance in the context of the unbridled richness of its wines, ultra-ripe fruit of high quality from the best vineyards is the raison d'etre of the wines, and if you look for cool climate elegance, don't waste your money here. Rating 95 - Drink by 2037 James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2017
Medium garnet in color with a purple rim, the 2012 The Steading (a blend of Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro) has a beautifully open nose of kirsch, mulberries and black raspberries with white pepper, dusty earth and Chinese five spice suggestions. Full-bodied and yet wonderfully poised in the mouth, the silky tannins and refreshing acid support the generous flesh throughout the long, spicy finish. Rating 93+ - Drink by 2022, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (JUN/2015).
Winery Tasting Notes
Deep ruby with flickers of violet.
It displays 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.