Torbreck The Steading GSM 2018
- Rich, full-bodied
Here are Vinomofo, we are big Torbreck fans and know that their reputation as one of Barossa’s very best is well founded, and earned through their hard work and commitment to excellence. They are famous throughout the world for their powerful shiraz, but here we are turning the spotlight into the Steading GSM blend.
This grenache-dominant blend (53%) is sourced from the most premium sites in the region - vineyards in Greenock, Moppa and Ebeneezer to name a few - with some vines over 100 years old. Picked at perfect ripeness and fermented with care, the wine then spends an extended period in large format oak where the elements of fruit, spice and minerality become one. The resulting wine has all you could want from the blend - silky tannins, bold fruit, earthy notes and layers of complexity that unfold as the wine sees some air.
“Deep red/purple colour. The bouquet is likewise bright, fresh, clean and attractive, loaded with blackberry flavours and intense palate flavour, medium to full-bodied and with a nice touch firmness to the tannin grip. This has real depth of flavour, richness, and plenty of oomph. Fruitsweet core is typical of the vintage.”
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- Blend Info
- 53% Grenache 28% Shiraz 19% Mataro
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From the producer
The Steading has a fragrancy, purity of fruit, mid-palate concentration and savoury 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 flavours. Silky, succulent dark fruits, black olive, savoury earth, liquorice and Asian spice. These complex yet elegant flavours 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.
Multiple vineyards ranging from 40 to 150 year old vines in Gomersal, Lyndoch, Greenock, Moppa, Marananga, Seppeltsfield, Ebenezer.
20 months maturation on fine yeast lees.in large 4500L French oak foudre vats. Natural malolactic conversion occurred during time in barrel.
Founded by Dave Powell in 1994 and effectively taking Barossa to the world, Torbreck are considered an upstart, a revolutionary and a pin-up for Australian wine. With some of the most expensive, voluptuous and downright massive reds on the planet, they were bound to be divisive, but also bound to impress. They don’t go for mass market appeal, they go for their target market – those who love such wines. Every wine from Torbreck is special, sourced from special vineyards and made with careful attention and no shying away from their vision. We can’t say that there hasn’t been turmoil and controversy along the journey, but the wines speak for themselves, free from such human issues. And they speak loudly.
Confusingly, the Barossa Zone (aka 'Barossa') encompasses the Eden and Barossa Valley regions (the word 'Valley' being the key differentiator). If you don't want all your eggs in one basket, or all your shiraz from one region, this is one solid way to get some complexity of layers (of course, it's not all about shiraz - ha! Yes it is). Despite being about the same area, Eden Valley only has about 20% of the area under vine that its more famous neighbour manages. But it's no surprise that you'll find many of the big and boutique players sourcing their most expensive wines from a little higher than the Barossa Valley floor. So if you see a wine labelled as 'Barossa', you might just be looking at something that extra bit special.