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The Steading - The Wine Companion (James Halliday)
The 60/20/20% blend of grenache, shiraz and mataro is unchanged from year to year. (David Powell prefers the ’09 to the more vaunted ’10 because it was a perfect year for grenache.) Bright, deep purple-red, the wine has excellent structure, yet keeps the display of red and black fruits within a medium bodied frame, and has no hint of confection.
15% ; cork;
Incredibly ripe and sweet fruited bouquet and palate, showing Grenache's love for the heat; soft and ripe, warm and fleshy, with a splash of savoury spice to conclude. Grenache/Shiraz/Mataro.
Clear colour, with some expected development; a mix of contrasting ripe Turkish Delight and distinctly earthy/savoury components; in traditional Barossa Valley mode. Grenache/Shiraz/Mataro.
Very light colour; typical Barossa Valley Rhône blend dominated by grenache (60%) with soft, gently ripe fruit and minimal tannins. Grenache/Mataro/Shiraz. Cork. 14.5% alc.
Ultra-fragrant, ultra-juicy aromas; a cupboard of spices join in on the palate; subtle tannins; southern Rhône-style.
Typical raspberry/cherry jam flavours ex grenache, but given more complexity by the other components; fine, gentle, savoury tannins. Grenache/Mataro/Shiraz. 14.5% alc.
Relatively light colour; a light to medium-bodied mix of fresh, juicy red berry fruit and fine tannins; needed a touch more bulk. Grenache/Shiraz/Mataro. Quality cork. 14.5% alc.
Complex texture, structure and flavour; a melange of sweet tobacco, spice and fruits; sophisticated medium-bodied wine; fine, savoury tannins.
The colour is slightly dull, but not distressingly so; earthy, spicy, savoury fruit aromas are followed by a medium-bodied palate with typical, slightly jammy fruit; not in the same class as the other top-flight wines from Torbreck, but good by any other standard.
Medium red-purple; the fragrant bouquet has juicy/jammy berry fruit supported by subtle oak, the palate with sweet, quite luscious fruit providing good flow and mouthfeel. Carries its 14° alcohol well.
Medium to full red-purple; the potent, voluminous dark berry, leather, spice and blackberry aromas of the bouquet lead into a rich, mouthfilling wine on the palate, with very ripe (14.5°) fruit nicely offset with gently chewy tannins and subtle oak.
Medium to full red-purple; a rich, gently ripe bouquet, with sweet, savoury edges to deep berry fruit; well-handled oak. The palate exudes ripe, dark blackberry fruit; luscious, soft tannins to close.
Medium red, with some purple hues; the bouquet shows quite pronounced jammy/berry Grenache varietal character, which is as it should be, together with a nicely judged touch of vanilla oak. The wine has tremendous character on the palate, with that very sweet ripe grenache fruit coming through on the faintly, but far from unpleasantly jammy mid-palate. Very seductive.
Medium red-purple; a fragrant, sweet juicy, jammy berry bouquet is replicated on the palate; of medium weight, showing good varietal characters throughout, and some tannins to close.