93 Points –
A focused laser beam of pure plum and apricot fruit flavours are succulent and fleshy, giving way to details of gunpowder tea, violets and palo santo. Tannins are fine-grained and polished, showing their presence on the long finish. Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro. Drink now through 2035.
– Maryann Worobiec, Wine Spectator Insider
The Steading is very much the heart and soul of Torbreck, the wine that exemplifies our philosophy and beliefs – protecting and nurturing the old vine resources of the Barossa Valley is paramount to Torbreck and this wine.
It is sourced from vines that survived the vine-pull scheme in the early 1980s, cultivated on their own roots that were unaffected by phylloxera. It also best explains the serendipitous discovery of some withered ancient vines, some well over a century old, that have been carefully nurtured back to life. Protecting and nurturing the old vine resources of the Barossa Valley is paramount to Torbreck and this wine, more than any other is an indication of what is possible from the now protected ancient Barossa cultivars – Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz.