Torbreck `The Steading` Red Blend 2001 (3x 750ml), Barossa. cork

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 Dave Powell's serendipitous discovery of some withered ancient vines, some well over a century old, that he carefully nurtured back to life. Protecting and nurturing the old vine resources of the Barossa Valley is paramount to him 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.

Overview

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 Dave Powell's serendipitous discovery of some withered ancient vines, some well over a century old, that he carefully nurtured back to life. Protecting and nurturing the old vine resources of the Barossa Valley is paramount to him 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.

Region:
SA - Barossa
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

The 2001 The Steading is an ageworthy effort. Made from the same blend as the Juveniles, but aged 18 months in old French and American hogsheads (300 liter barrels), it exhibits a deep plum/garnet color in addition to a big, spice-driven nose of cinnamon, pepper, soy, damp earth, dried herbs, and red as well as black fruits. Ripe, full-bodied, and complex, it is a French-styled red that should drink well for a decade.

Rating 92 - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (AUG/2003)

"An Australian wine with obvious Rhône 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. First-rate balance and integration.Rating 95 - Drink 2007-2010+. Jeremy Oliver, OnWine.

Winery Tasting Notes

Since Torbreck’s first release The Steading has been David Powell’s favourite wine because of the old magnificent vines that produce its core.

The melding of the three traditional Barossa varieties creates a tremendously complex and rewarding wine. The Grenache and Mataro are from old bush vines that are pruned in the traditional ‘goblet’ style to a limited number of buds, reducing yields and promoting flavour and colour concentration. Only the free run component of the Shiraz is used in the blend to allow the Grenache identity to shine through.