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 2019 Torbreck 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.
"94 Points. 60/21/19% grenache/shiraz/mataro sourced from 40-150yo vines across 7 districts spanning the Barossa floor. Matured 20 months in French oak foudres. Beautifully crafted, polished, seamless Barossa GSM. Bright and deep in colour and personality. Blessed with the expansive, effortless character that comes from maturation in large oak foudre. All 3 varieties and oak unite in seamless coherence, guided by super-fine tannins through a long finish. Impossible to corner as fruity, savoury, herbal, peppery, spicy, fleshy or dry, it's consummately all of the above. Date when tasted: 31 Jan 2021 15% alc. Drink By: 2024 Cork"- Tyson Stelzer, winecompanion.com.au.
"93 Points. This well established grenache, shiraz, mataro blend is aged in large foudres to obtain maturation without oakiness. The fruit-driven bouquet has cooked plum, subtle spices, chocolate and vanilla aromas. Fleshy and supple in the mouth, rich and smoothly textured." - Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller Wine, April/ May 2021.
David Powell established 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 (The 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 red wines and a benchmark for the Barossa Valley.
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