Medium to full crimson in colour. I love GSM - or as this wine is SGM with Shiraz predominant. Spicy Tarry red berry aromas. All the varieties blend well here but overall it is very Barossa. John Duval, the winemaker, was once Penfolds Chief Winemaker from 1986 to 2002. There have only been 4 Penfolds Grange winemakers - Max Schubert (creator in 1951), Don Ditter, John Duval and now Peter Gago the current Chief Winemaker since 2002. A wine that goes well with food or has the substance to be equally well on its own. — 2 days ago
Stunning color w/nary a sign of age: huge fog of spearmint & mineral on open. 2hrs lifted, hi-note dissipates to reveal copious black cherry, blackberry & plum pudding, chocolate, licorice, sweet freshly turned soil. Deep intense reservoir of flavors. Extraordinary density & concentration yet a real ballerina... thoroughly enjoyed this on a special day. Has miles to go tho — 2 days ago
Deep Ruby in colour - very dark for a 15 year old red with no bricking at this stage. Blackberry and chocolate with ripe black fruits on nose and palate - not as pruney as previous Stonewell notes. Lush and full bodied from selected old vine Shiraz vineyards in the Barossa - in the Greenock district amongst others. This is Barossa Shiraz at its best from a good vintage. Hard not to like - warm and comforting - perfect for a cooler night with pork chops. — 9 days ago
This is HUGE.
Sweet macerated black fruit, dark chocolate, caramel macchiato, old aceto balsamico and incense are my first and most obvious impressions.
After awhile I also get some tiny whiffs of waxed antiques, damp earth and Pata Negra.
No wimpy wine! Especially made for Dielen’s Wine Shop in Venlo, NL by Dan Standish. — 12 days ago
Tasted here in 2017. We primarily tasted their 2011 as they were sold out of all of their good to great wines. Their 11’s were astringent & green. Not a good experience.
This is stunning w/ Allen Brother’s Filets. Less fatty more dry beef cut (when you compare it to their Ribcap) meets juicy, elegant, fruit forward wine at its peak. The pepper & peeper marry well. — 7 days ago
As mentioned in previous notes The Steading is my favourite Torbreck Cuvée. A moreish blend of 64% Grenache, 18% Shiraz and 18% Mataro. Raspberry sweet notes from the Grenache and a tarry note from the Mataro, Spice from the Shiraz. Still fresh after 11 years with resolved tannins. Bottom line delicious! Need to buy the latest vintage. — 8 days ago
My note of 49 weeks ago tells the full story of this historic vineyard planted in 1885 and tended by 6th generation Ralph Schrapel. Part of the Peter Lehmann VSV (Very Special Vineyard) series. This wine is delicious old school Barossa with ripe plum, dark chocolate, cherry, liquorice and coffee grounds. A hint of prune on the nose. Great to be drinking these rich reds as the weather cools down. This vineyard is in the Ebenezer sub district of the Barossa. My last bottle sadly. — 16 days ago