On a highland farm in Scotland the collection of barns, stables
and outbuildings is known as a Steading. Here in the Barossa
Valley the varieties Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz all stand in
their own right, however in blending, their strengths create a
complex wine of solid, earthy structure. It is sourced from
Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz vines that survived the worldwide
phylloxera outbreak of the 1880s, and a century later, the vinepull scheme in the Barossa in the 1980s. The protection of this
old vine resource of the Barossa Valley is central to the
Torbreck story and this wine, more than any other, is an
indication of what is possible from these historic cultivars.
Despite a dry winter, rains in January and March 2016
freshened the older vines and provided long, slow ripening
periods in between, which led to a stand-out vintage with
high quality fruit.
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.