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Torbreck The Steading 2009

Rhone Red Blends from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
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15.12% ABV
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15.12% ABV

Winemaker Notes

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

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RP 94
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+.
Rating: 94+
JH 94
Australian Wine Companion
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.
WS 91
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.
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Torbreck

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Torbreck, Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
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Torbreck, founded in 1994 by David Powell, is situated at Marananga on the western ridge of the Barossa. Since that time he has produced some of the world's finest 'Rhone varietal' wines, exclusively from Barossa fruit; this has been acknowledged by the wine press in Europe, America and Australia. The overwhelming majority of his vines are dry-grown, nearly all are 80 - 125 years old and are tended and harvested by hand.

The wines have an extraordinary combination of power, intesity, complexity and great finesse, and bearing in mind the age of the vines and the laughably low yields, no Torbreck wine could ever be accused of being heavy, cloying or over-extracted.

Barossa Valley

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Historically and presently the most important wine-producing region of Australia, the Barossa Valley is set in South Australia, where more than half of the country’s wine is made. Because the climate is very hot and dry, vineyard managers must be careful so that grapes do not become overripe.

The intense heat is ideal for plush, bold reds, particularly Rhône blends featuring Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro (Mourvèdre). White grapes can produce crisp, fresh wines from Riesling, Chardonnay, and Semillon if they are planted at higher altitudes.

Most of Australia’s largest wine producers are based here and Shiraz plantings date back as far as 1860. Many of them are dry farmed and bush trained, still offering less than one ton per acre of inky, purple juice.

Rhône Blends

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With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, red Rhône blends originated from France’s southern Rhône Valley. Grenache, supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre typically form the base of the blend, while Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise often come in to play. With some creative interpretation, Rhône blends have also become popular in Priorat, Washington, Australia and California.

In the Glass

The taste profile of a Rhône blend will vary according to its individual components, as each variety brings something different to the glass. Grenache is the lightest in color but contributes plenty of ripe red fruit and a plush texture. Syrah supplies dark fruit flavors, along with savory, spicy and earthy notes. Mourvèdre is responsible for a floral perfume and earthy flavor as well as structure and a healthy dose of color. New World examples tend to be fruit-forward in style, while those from the Old World will often have more earth, structure and herbal components on top of ripe red and blue fruit.

Perfect Pairings

Rhône red blends typically make for very food-friendly wines. These can work with a wide variety of meat-based dishes, playing equally well with beef, pork, lamb or game. Braised beef cheeks, grilled steak or sausages, roasted pork and squab are all fine pairings.

Sommelier Secret

Some regions like to put their own local spin on the red Rhône blend—for example, in Australia’s Barossa Valley, Shiraz is commonly blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to add structure, tannin and a long finish. Grenache-based blends from Priorat often include Carignan (known locally as Cariñena) and Syrah, but also international varieties like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, anything goes, and it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah make an appearance.

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