Torbreck The Steading
1999 / 750 ml.
- SP Wine Spectator
- WE Wine Enthusiast
- VN Vinous
- RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
- ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
- OT Other Review Service
- Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
- Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
- * as rated by our staff
91 pts.Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate: June, 2001
A southern Rhône blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Shiraz, and 20% Mourvèdre. Two thousand cases were produced of this Châteauneuf de Pape look-alike from Australia’s Barossa Valley. It is a terrific, deep purple-colored effort offering a sweet nose of pepper, black fruits, earth, tobacco, and cassis. Sweet on the attack (from ripe fruit, not sugar), this full-bodied, concentrated, powerful wine (14.5% alcohol) builds in the mouth to a creamy textured, blockbuster finish. While hard to resist, it will drink well for 7–8 years.
90 pts.Wine Spectator: November 15, 2001
Crisp, almost bracing, with firm tannins and bright acidity supporting ripe berry and cherry flavors, which remain open and round on the finish, picking up hints of chocolate and pepper. Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2006.