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Torbreck Wines, 2011 Torbreck 'The Steading' Rhone Blend

"Medium garnet colored, the 2011 The Steading (a blend of Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro) has a profoundly peppery nose with a core of dried cherries, raspberry preserves and potpourri. Medium to full-bodied, the palate packs the pepper into the red berry flavors with a good backbone of chewy tannins and lively acid before finishing long."
–June 2015

Torbreck Wines, 2011 Torbreck 'The Steading' Rhone Blend

Torbreck Wines, 2011 Torbreck 'The Steading' Rhone Blend

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2011 Torbreck 'The Steading' Rhone Blend
Torbreck Wines

The Steading is composed from the traditional Barossa cultivars of Grenache, Shiraz & Mataro. It has long been a favorite wine within the Torbreck stable because of the old, gnarled ‘bush vines’ that produce its core.

Each of the individual blocks were de-stemmed separately into both wooden & concrete open top fermenters where the juice was gently pumped over the skins twice a day for 6-7 days. After basket pressing the wine was gravity fed into underground cement vats where it naturally settled and was later racked into older French Hogsheads. Following 24 months maturation the wine was assembled and bottled without the use of fining or filtration.

On a highland farm the collection of barns, stables and outbuildings is known as a 'steading'. 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.

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