2009 Torbreck "The Steading" Grenache-Shiraz-Mataro Barossa Valley South Australia
A 60/20/20% blend of grenache, shiraz and mataro, the blend unchanged from year to year by crop control in the vineyard. It is a personal favourite of David Powell, and – for good measure – he prefers the ’09 rather than the more vaunted ’10, simply because it was a perfect year for grenache. Bright, deep purple-red, the wine has excellent structure, yet keeps the display of red and black fruits within a medium-bodied frame, and has no hint of confection.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 The Steading has a very pretty nose of raspberry preserves, rhubarb compote and orange peel alongside expressive spices and florals with a whiff of white pepper. Full, rich and elegant, the abundant, layered flavors are framed with medium-firm levels of velvety tannins through a long finish. Drink it now to 2020+.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(made from 63% grenache, 20% shiraz and 17% mataro): Glass-staining ruby. Heady aromas of red fruits, potpourri and blood orange are deepened by notes of licorice and cola. Offers penetrating raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a sexy note of floral pastilles. The blood orange note comes back on the gently tannic finish and adds cut to sweet, very tenacious red fruit liqueur and anise flavors. This suave wine drinks very nicely right now.
Ripe and opulent, this is smooth in texture, offering layers of stewed plum and spice notes, splitting into clove, nutmeg and cinnamon as the finish lingers easily. Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro. Drink now through 2020.