Torbreck The Steading 2015
Redcurrant with deep brick red hues. Aromas of violet, star anise and spice. Medium bodied, firm tannins that show persistence and body. Oak is very integrated with fruit weight and length. The Steading has a fragrancy, purity of fruit, mid-palate concentration and savory tannin profile that makes it an exemplary wine. Vibrant aromas of violet, star anise and spice all unfold to reveal an impressive array of underlying fruit flavors. Silky, succulent dark fruits, black olive, savory earth, liquorice and Asian spice. These complex yet elegant flavors are all neatly interwoven with a perfect balance of acidity and supple, silky tannins. The Steading will continue to develop with time in the cellar, and provide those with patience great enjoyment well into the next decade.
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Primarily Grenache, this Rhône blend sees 12% of Mataro (aka Mourvèdre) and 12% of Shiraz, and both varieties add a savory peppery backbone to Grenache’s up-front blueberry fruit. Aromas of kirsch, freshly ground pepper, vanilla, crushed violets and warm stones are present too. The mediumweight palate slinks with juicy silky-textured fruit, neatly woven with fine tannins finishing on a slightly saline note—a sexy, characterful drop.
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.