Torbreck; red, "The Steading, Grenache/Shiraz/Mataro".

Category: Torbreck
"The Steading, Grenache/Shiraz/Mataro" Barossa 2018 91 RP; 75 cl.

29 January 2024

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Tasting Notes :


 Torbreck The Steading (Grenache Shiraz Mataro), 2018

The Steading is a classic Rhone blend of Grenache,

Shiraz (Syrah) and Mataro (Mourvedre) which at Torbreck,

have an average vine age of over 100 years!

The winemakers describe this wine as being the heart and

soul of their wine making philosophy – it is constructed

from 45 different parcels belonging to Torbreck and

other producers across the Barossa Valley,

and is combined to produce an exceptional example of why

this region is so well suited to these traditionally old-world varieties.

 Generous and vibrant flavours including cranberry, pomegranate and

wild raspberries harmoniously sit alongside a brooding body

with silky tannins and a complex, yet elegant finish.

 Torbreck was founded by David Powell, a former lumberjack, in the Barossa Valley area

of Southern Australia in 1994. The focus here is on producing wines

of exceptional quality using the classic Rhone varieties

which were planted here over a hundred years ago by Europeans emigrating.

 These vines have survived the Phylloxera outbreak

which devastated vast swathes of vineyards in Europe and

America in the late 19th century and also the vine-pull scheme of the 1980’s.

 This saw many old traditional varieties uprooted

in favour of the in-vogue Cabernet Sauvignon and

cooler vineyard sites within Australia.

 It is these surviving old vines which contribute the depth

and complexity to Torbreck wines.

 The Steading has superb savoury notes alongside the rich

and fruit led palate which pairs superbly with

herb sausages and a variety of meaty steaks. 15% ABV.


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