Deep ruby with flickers of violet, its delicate aromas of truffle, five spice and spring flowers are supported by a rich core of licorice, saddle leather and Provencal herbs. Very "Burgundian" in style, the palate is elegant and pure with subtle notes of crushed cherries, earth and cedar all neatly wound by a taut spine of acidity and ripe supple tannins.
Blend: 60% Grenache, 20% Shiraz, 20% Mataro
"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+.
The Wine Advocate
"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."
Australian Wine Companion
"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."
International Wine Cellar
"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."