2009 Torbreck "The Steading" Grenache-Shiraz-Mataro Barossa Valley South Australia

SKU #1137872 94 points James Halliday

 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.  (6/ 2012)

94 points 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+.  (2/ 2013)

92 points 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.  (7/ 2013)

91 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (8/ 2013)

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By: Jim Chanteloup |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/28/2013  | Send Email
The "Steading" which has always been roughly a blend of 60% Grenache,20% Shiraz and 20% Mataro(Mourvedre) and the oaked partner to the unoaked "Juveniles" with the same blend of grapes that is one of winemaker David Powell's favorite's in the potfolio. The bouquet shows black raspberry,red licorice, roasted grains, white pepper,leather and notes of five spice. On the palate, there supple tannins with good supporting acidity and length.

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/27/2013  | Send Email
A nose of sweet Raspberry Coulis. A big, soft, plush wine with ripe tannins and lots of palate saturation. The wine finishes with more restraint and balance than the fleshy mid-palate suggests. Immediately approachable and brimming with fruit.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley and Pyrenees in Victoria and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. While many equate Aussie wines with "value", there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Barossa Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 15