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Torbreck - The Steading 2017


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: South Australia
  • Wine Area: Barossa Valley
  • Wine Maker: David Powell
  • Grape: Grenache/Garnacha
  • Grape Percentage: 63% grenache, 19% shiraz and 18% mataro
  • Alcohol Percentage: 15.35
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Now - 2020
Food Matching

Food Matching

This wine is ideal for robust foods simply prepared. Try it with sausages, steak and roast game, as well as with simple casseroles. It makes for a great barbecue wine, and will work with most cheeses (though it is not so great with blue cheese). Avoid creamy sauces and anything too salty or spicy.

Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 91+ (2014) VS: 92 (2013) JR: 17 (2010) WS: 92 (2014) JS: 93 (2015) JH: 95 (2012) WF: 93 (2013)

Wine tasting notes

Deep ruby with flickers of violet, its delicate aromas of truffle, five spice and spring flowers are supported by a rich core of framboise, licorice, saddle leather and Provencal herbs. Very ‘Burgundian’ in style, the palate is elegant and pure with subtle notes of crushed cherries, earth and cedar all neatly wound by a taught spine of acidity and ripe supple tannins. The 2006 Steading will continue to unfold with time in the cellar & shall provide those with the patience great enjoyment for many years to come.

Winery Information


While working at Rockford Wines in 1994, David Powell discovered and began to clean up a few parcels of old, dry-grown vines. Near lifeless, he slowly nurtured them back to health and was rewarded when a couple of the plots began producing enough fruit that he could start experimenting with his own ideas on wine production. Starting in 1995, David was able to harvest and crush a total of three tonnes of grapes, carefully fermenting them in his make-shift winery, a simple shed on his 12-hectare.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2014)91+ pts

Blended of 77% Grenache, 15% Mataro and 8% Shiraz, the 2014 The Steading has a pale to medium garnet color and gives relatively understated dried mulberry, preserved plums and Chinese five spice notes with hints of black pepper, earth and dried herbs. Full-bodied, with plenty of spicy expressiveness to match the dried berry and earthy flavors, it is rich and supple with a long pepper-laced finish.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2013)92 pts

Vivid ruby-red. Deep-pitched cherry and blackberry aromas, along with suggestions of mocha, cola and licorice. Sweet, expansive black and blue fruit flavors become firmer and spicier with air and show very good depth and energy. Surprisingly elegant given its heft and power. Closes with sneaky tannins, strong persistence and an echo of candied licorice. (2010)17 pts

Tasted Jan '15 - 4% Shiraz, 18% Grenache 18% Mataro/Mourvedre - old bushvines that survived the vine pull scheme of the 1980s. Healthy shaded ruby. Very sweet palate attack - almost on the way to comforting tawny port! But then it is quite fresh enough on the finish. Really very well assembled. From blocks all over the valley and aged in old hogsheads for two years before being bottled without fining or filtration. Essence of Barossa. Just the right side of syrupy. Great stuff for a cold winter's night in London. Not sure about how it would strike me in Barossa. Some treacle. Needs careful food matching though. Probably something meaty/gamey best. It did nothing for my fresh vegy supper.

Wine Spectator (2014)92 pts

Plump and juicy, with wild blackberry and blueberry flavors that have plenty of spice and espresso accents. Tobacco and black chocolate flavors linger against a thick, velvety mouthful. Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz. Drink now through 2030

James Suckling (2015)93 pts

Aromas of strawberry and blueberry with fruit tea and cedar. Hints of cigar tobacco. Medium to full body. Fine tannins. Juicy fruit. Hints of chocolate. Precise and vivid. GSM blend. Aged for 24 months in old hogshead

James Halliday (2012)95 pts

Torbreck occupies a place all of its own; this wine's blend of grenache, shiraz and mourvedre is subservient almost to the point of irrelevance in the context of the unbridled richness of its wines, ultra-ripe fruit of high quality from the best vineyards is the raison d'etre of the wines, and if you look for cool climate elegance, don't waste your money here.

Wine Front (2013)93 pts

Spends two years in large, older oak. It’s about 60% grenache. This is still a Dave Powell era wine. For me, better than Run Rig in the same year, which is sure to garner howls from many in the industry, let alone a few at Torbreck who likely will howl (again). Would buy this for drinkability – all nicely meshed, balanced oak-fruit, juicy, righteous bigger style red. Very rich, powerful, malt-and-dark-chocolate sweet and spicy wood scents lashed to concentrated dark berries, young port sweetness, clove and cinnamon spice. Warm scents. Warm flow of fruit through the palate, fleshy, but fringed with fine, silty, web of tannin. Brooding, full, dark fruit finishes lightly salty. Hedonistic stuff.

Vinification Notes

Each of the individual blocks (many were picked in different stages (tries) to ensure perfectly ripened fruit) were de-stemmed separately into both wooden & concrete open top fermenters where the juice was gently pumped over the skins twice a day for 6-7 days. After basket pressing the wine was gravity fed into underground cement vats where it naturally settled and was later racked into older French Hogsheads. Following 24 months maturation the wine was assembled and bottled in May 2007 without the use of fining or filtration.