Torbreck The Steading

Torbreck The Steading GSM 2016

Barossa Valley, South Australia   |    750ml   |    15%

Protecting and nurturing the dry-grown old vine resources of the Barossa Valley is paramount to Torbreck as they continue to deliver some of this famous region's most impressive wines. While it's far from their most expensive wine, Torbreck consistently state The Steading is the most important wine they make; the one that best exemplifies what Torbreck is all about.

The 2016 The Steading is a shining example of the lofty heights that can be achieved from blending the ancient Barossa cultivars; Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz. Sourced from Torbreck's own estate vineyards as well as from growers on a share-farming basis, The Steading has a total of 45 different sources of grapes, which are vinified separately and blended once their individual qualities have been assessed. The result is another generous and flavoursome example of this classic Barossa blend, with lovely freshness and silky mouthfeel delivering a superb drinking red wine. 

"96 Points. 55% grenache, 28% shiraz, 17% mataro, destemmed, open-fermented, matured for 20 months in large foudres before blending. This is wholly traditional, and also very good. Its complexity and richness have energy, focus and freshness, an ever-changing cast of flavours crossing the palate on their way to the finish. The alcohol in no way imposes itself on you. Drink by: 2036 Date tasted: 24/ Feb/ 2018. Alcohol: 15%"- James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au.

"2016 The Steading has powerful but complex fragrance of blue berries; vibrant aromas of star anise hints of violet and spice are all unfolded to reveal an impressive array of underlying fruit flavours. Silky, succulent plum, vanilla, licorice and Asian spice, these complex yet elegant flavours are all neatly interwoven with a perfect balance of acidity and generous tannins." - Tobreck Wines.

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$39.90
David Powell started the iconic Torbreck in 1994 by offering to nurse back to health a number of neglected old vines he had found when he was working for Rockford.

This share-crop arrangement allowed Powell to make his first wine under the Torbreck label which was named after a forest in Scotland where he had worked as a lumberjack. The Torbreck wines are based on the classic Barossa varieties of Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro and also small quantities of Roussanne, Marsanne & Viognier.

Torbreck has an enviable collection of growers around the Barossa & Eden Valleys with vines aged from 10 years old (which would go into Woodcutters Shiraz) to 160 years old (Run Rig). The house style at Torbreck is a seamless balance of richness and finesse, the wines are always fresh and vibrant with underlying power and drive.

These are world class wines and a benchmark for the Barossa Valley.
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South Australia
Barossa Valley
750
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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.

Despite a dry winter, rains in January and March, 2016 freshened the older vines and provided long, slow ripening periods in between, which led to a stand-out vintage with high quality fruit.

2016 The Steading has powerful but complex fragrance of blue berries; vibrant aromas of star anise hints of violet and spice are all unfolded to reveal an impressive array of underlying fruit flavours. Silky, succulent plum, vanilla, licorice and Asian spice, these complex yet elegant flavours are all neatly interwoven with a perfect balance of acidity and generous tannins.

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