Thursday, December 13, 2007

Review and Rating: ***+ Torbreck "The Steading" GSM, 2005, Barossa Valley, Australia

Torbreck Vintner's The Steading is a classic Rhone-style blend, built from grapes of low-yielding vines from Barossa Valley in Australia.

In the glass, this is black, black, black, with just the slightest hint of burgundy color at the edge. Aromas are bright, spicy and full, with a suggestion of young woody vines.

In the mouth, this brings an intense, complex mix of earth, roots, spice and ripe plums. You spend the long finish looking for even more flavors. It does finish a bit brighter than it starts, with acids coming forward.

Not quite four stars for me because of the spicy finish, but darn close. Three plus stars out of five. I have a hunch it will age in a way that makes it grow even more to my liking.

Parker's Wine Advocate awarded 93 points and said, "The 2005 The Steading is a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Mataro, and 20% Shiraz aged for 22 months in used French oak. David Powell’s interpretation of top-of-the-line Chateauneuf du Pape is spot-on. Purple-colored, it offers a fabulous nose of damp earth, garrigue, clove, kirsch, and black raspberry. Full-bodied, rich, and layered, the wine is powerful, complex and yet surprisingly light on its feet. It can be enjoyed now but will easily last for a decade."

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