Rating: 89($38; a blend of 60% grenache, 25% mourvedre, 15% shiraz) Deep, dark ruby with a very faint haze. Assertively complex and rustic, scented with earthy, stony rose garden aromas, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and measured chocolatey oak. Silky, supple and stylish, with a firmness to its long and savory palate. Piercing red berry flavors are nicely neatly countered by earthy, leathery qualities. One of Australia leading Rhone pretenders and a real departure from the Barossa stereotype.Author: Jeremy OliverIssue: July/August 2002
Wine Spectator | Rating: 89Smooth and round, generous with its peppery cherry and plum flavors. It finishes with a dark, smoky note, all of it echoing nicely.Author: Harvey Steiman
Wine Advocate | Rating: 89The 2000 The Steading displays aromas of plums, balsam wood, sweet black cherries, a hint of raspberry, pepper, and saddle leather. As the wine sits in the glass, fig notes also emerge. Among all the wines he produces, David Powell's personal favorite is The Steading. This Australian version of a southern Rhone is a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mataro, and 15% Shiraz from old Barossa vineyards, and aged six months in neutral French and American hogshead (essentially 300 liter foudres). Elegant, medium to full-bodied, pure, and concentrated, it should drink well for a decade.Author: Robert Parker
Torbreck Vintners was founded by David Powell in 1994. Although located in Australia's Barossa Valley, the name comes from a forest in Scotland where Powell previously worked as a lumberjack before becoming a winemaker. Torbreck's production is centered around the classic Barossa Valley varieties of Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro (Mourvedre), and the winemaking philosophy is based on David's love for the wines of France's Rhone Valley. Along with many intensely flavored red wines blended from old-vine Shiraz and Grenache, Torbreck also produces white wines from Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne.
More than half of all Australian wine production takes place in the South Australia region—home to the -specializing as well as revered zones Clare Valley and . South Australia is too large and diverse to generalize about climate or topography, with both cooler coastal areas and warmer inland sections—but rainfall is generally low throughout and drought is a constant concern.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 72 bottles owned
- 14 collectors