Torbreck The Steading Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2002 Double Magnum 3L, Barossa Valley
Robert Parker's Wine advocate - 93 pts - David Powell consistently excels with The Steading, an 8,000 case blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, and Shiraz. Aged 22 months in 300 liter hogsheads (foudres), it represents Australia's version of Chateauneuf du Pape. The 2002 The Steading's big, spicy, earthy nose reveals notions of cherry liqueur, licorice, pepper, dried Provencal herbs, raspberries, and leather. Ripe, medium to full-bodied, chewy, and heady, it is best drunk during its first 7-8 years of life, although it will last a lot longer.Oct 2004
James Halliday's Wine Companion - 93 pts - Complex texture, structure and flavour; a melange of sweet tobacco, spice and fruits; sophisticated medium-bodied wine; fine, savoury tannins. Date tasted 10 Jul 2004. Drink by 2010.