A doppelgänger for top-drawer modern Châteauneuf, the 2018 The Steading from Torbreck is an immaculate Barossa GSM with quite disarming purity. The nose explodes with blueberry, strawberry, liquorice, Turkish delight, lavender and baking spices, a scent which feels luxurious - like stepping into a five star hotel. The palate is extremely supple, sweet like fruit cake on entry but gradually develops in umami, with some smoked bacon and dried cherry. The tannins are almost imperceptible, as is the alcohol - it checks in at 15% but is deftly handled and there’s no sense of heat whatsoever. This isn’t what I was expecting from this wine, a wine I have fond memories of serving to guests in the restaurant I worked in almost ten years ago. It was a perfect match for braised short rib of beef with Port beef jus, which needed a sweeter style of red (I had considered Bordeaux for this evening). This wine was superb, a pleasant surprise and I’m delighted to have bought this year’s release by the case. — 3 months ago
Always a favorite, didn’t disappoint. Sweet bright fruit and tight acidity on the front and backed by rich brambly spice and chocolate. So yummy! — 10 months ago
Light Red blend of Mataro, Shiraz and Grenache. — 2 months ago
Blend of 93% Shiraz and 7% Viognier, Ruby with purple hues, aromas of berry fruits, licorice, cigar box spice and floral notes. On the palate flavors of dark juicy raspberry and cherry with cinnamon, tea and oak. Well balanced, great meaty mouthfeel, fine tannins, long finish ending with ripe fruit spice, smoky oak and cacao. Very nice! Needs some time! — 6 months ago
Mostly from the Gomersal and Marananga sub-regions of the Barossa, from a cooler vintage, dense Ruby with purple hues, aromas of dark fruits, licorice, spice and floral notes. On the palate flavors of juicy blackberry and plum with licorice, espresso and oak. Well balanced, great mouthfeel, soft fine tannins, long finish ending with spice, smoky oak and cacao. Very nice! — 9 months ago
A welcome departure from a focus on Bordeaux of late, this GSM from Barossa, despite being in the lower end of their range, is a gorgeous, powerful but quite pure wine with great complexity for this price point. The nose has southern Rhône personality mixed with Barossa weight, with steeped fruit, lavender, white pepper, a touch of iron. It has Port-like density on the palate, with flecks of liquorice and kirsch, is slightly hot even at 14.5% but otherwise a really solid wine! — 2 months ago
THE GROWERS’ CUT PAYS HOMAGE EACH YEAR TO A SELECTED TORBRECK GROWER WHOSE PARTICULAR VINEYARD HAS BEST EXEMPLIFIED THE SEASON OR PRODUCED AN EXTRAORDINARY PARCEL OF WINE
This special release, cellar door only wine is produced from one of the traditional Torbreck and Barossa varieties of Grenache, Shiraz or Mataro.
The Hoffmann family are the winners of The Growers’ Cut 2016 award with a unique single vineyard Shiraz, known as the ‘Track Block’, located at the northern end of the western range in the Barossa sub-region of Ebenezer.
Planted on dark red earth over deep clay with a chalky layer of limestone, this is a consistently low yielding block that provides immense depth of flavour.
Despite a dry winter during 2015, 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.
Showing a deep saturated dark red colour and expressing notes of bay leaf, mulberry and cracked pepper this wine will reward those who can hide it away in the cellar. — 6 months ago