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The Steading. Torbreck 2015

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

This deep ruby-colored wine has a rich and complex nose of black truffle, pink pepper, sweet licorice and dried herbs . This is a juicy, fresh wine, with flavors of cherry, red plum, cedar and a hint of leather and thyme in the lifted finish. The tannins are ripe and supple and the wine is ready to drink now, though I believe it may gain some complexity with a few years of cellaring.

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Torbreck Vintners:
Torbreck Vintners was founded by David Powell in 1994. The roots go back to 1992 when Dave, who was then working at Rockford, began to discover and clean up a few sections of dry-grown old vines. Near lifeless, he nurtured them back to health and was rewarded with small parcels of fruit that he made into wine. Dave was able to secure a contract for the supply of grapes from a run-down but an... Read more
Torbreck Vintners was founded by David Powell in 1994. The roots go back to 1992 when Dave, who was then working at Rockford, began to discover and clean up a few sections of dry-grown old vines. Near lifeless, he nurtured them back to health and was rewarded with small parcels of fruit that he made into wine. Dave was able to secure a contract for the supply of grapes from a run-down but ancient Shiraz vineyard. He managed to raise enough money to share-farm the vineyard, a practice which involves paying the owner a percentage of the market rate for his grapes in return for totally managing the vineyard. This share-farming principle has enabled Torbreck to use fruit from the very best vineyards in the Barossa Valley, which is home to some of the most precious old vines in the world. In 1995 Dave crushed three tonnes of grapes and fermented them into wine in a shed on his 12-hectare Marananga property. He named his wine 'Torbreck' after a forest in Scotland where he worked as a lumberjack. The Torbreck endeavour is based around the classic Barossa Valley varietals of Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro, and a love for the wines of France's Rhone Valley. Dave loves the intense, rich, Rhone-like flavours that come from old-vines and the fact that Shiraz and Grenache are the mainstay red grapes of the Northern and Southern Rhone often draws comparison. Torbreck doesn't only make red wines though, we have Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne planted on our winery block which we have blended to make a white wine for the last 2 years. In July 2002 the historic Hillside property was acquired by Torbreck. Situated in Lyndoch, it is one of the original Barossa properties. Vast and picturesque it contains some magnificent old and ancient vineyards that will further our source of premium quality fruit. The Hillside property contains a wonderful native ecosystem that supports a myriad of flora and fauna. Dave hopes to turn it into a nature reserve in the future that will be open to visits. In June 2003 at the finish of vintage, we opened our cellar-door for sales. An original settlers hut, it has been lovingly restored and provides a personal touch and some Barossa warmth whilst you taste our wines. It is open daily and we welcome any visits. In the middle of 2008 a long term vision of Dave Powell's will reach completion. A new winery and administration facility will have been completed on land acquired from a next door neighbour. This will enable our grapes to be made into wine using the best availble equipment and then bottled 'on the estate' using our own bottling line. Finally we have complete control of all aspects of production which will see a new benchmark of wine quality established by us in the Barossa Valley. Read less

Editorial Reviews for The Steading. Torbreck

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2009 02/06/2013

This deep ruby-colored wine has a rich and complex nose of black truffle, pink pepper, sweet licorice and dried herbs . This is a juicy, fresh wine, with flavors of cherry, red plum, cedar and a hint of leather and thyme in the lifted finish. The tannins are ripe and supple and the wine is ready to drink now, though I believe it may gain some complexity with a few years of cellaring.


Member Reviews for The Steading. Torbreck

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Snooth User: nik taylor
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2004 01/11/2008

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: casanovas
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2003 12/02/2011

Four glasses


Snooth User: caseystaar
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4.00 5
Vintage: 1999 03/13/2009

Four glasses


Snooth User: Alvin Lee
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5.00 5
Vintage: 1998 01/26/2009

Five glasses


External Reviews for The Steading. Torbreck

External Review
Vintage: 2009 06/20/2014

Maroon rim surrounds an inky core. 60% grenache 20% shiraz 20% mataro. Aged for 24 months French hogsheads. Spicy cranberry oak black fruit bright raspberry plum and herbs lead into a full-bodied entry. Firm tannins intermingle with the lush structure. With it s ultra-long finish this is already appealing though it will benefit from additional short to mid-term cellaring. Eddie Wolowski.


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Vintage: 2009 06/20/2014

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. Drink now through 2020.


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Vintage: 2009 06/20/2014

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. Stephen Tanzers IWC.


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Vintage: 2008 11/14/2013

Blended of Grenache Shiraz and Mataro the 2008 The Steading gives a deep garnet color and aromas of warm mulberries and dried plums with an undercurrent of spice box sandalwood and kirsch. Very full and generous in the mouth with a good amount of enlivening acidity it is displaying mature dried berry and spice flavors textured with a medium level of velvety tannins and finishing long. Drinking now it should remain good to 2016+. -Lisa Perrotti-Brown Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


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Vintage: 2003 07/13/2010

93 points out of 100 by Robert Parker Jnr.


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Vintage: 2003 07/13/2010

89 points out of 100 by Harvey Steiman


External Review
Vintage: 2003 07/13/2010

93 points out of 100 by James Halliday


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