2012 Torbreck "The Steading" Grenache-Shiraz-Mataro Barossa Valley South Australia
Torbreck occupies a place all of its own; this wine's blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre is subservient almost to the point of irrelevance in the context of the unbridled richness of its wines, ultra-ripe fruit of high quality from the best vineyards is the raison d'etre of the wines.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium garnet in color with a purple rim, the 2012 The Steading (a blend of Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro) has a beautifully open nose of kirsch, mulberries and black raspberries with white pepper, dusty earth and Chinese five spice suggestions. Full-bodied and yet wonderfully poised in the mouth, the silky tannins and refreshing acid support the generous flesh throughout the long, spicy finish. 93+ (LPB)
94 points Wine Front Magazine: "Heady out of the glass--spikes of hot, warm fruit, black coffee, liquorice, dried fruits. Heady nectar. Smooth, slick, potent and inky ride across the palate, but a veil of fine, succulent, graphite-like tannin and underlying freshness of acidity lift and pep up the wine. Very long in flavor too. Feels quality in its bold ilk. Will be loved by many; a very good release of this wine. The wine was originally 60% Grenache, 20% Shiraz and 20% Mataro, but the wine is shifting to more Mataro and less Shiraz--around 7 to 10% Shiraz in this wine. It's been reliably a yardstick of Torbreck vintages, for me--look at the Steading and get a vague gauge for what other wines of the season may look like."