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2014 Torbreck Australian (Red Blend) "The Steading"

Winery: Torbreck

Vintage: 2014

Wine Name/Vineyard: "The Steading"

Wine Category: Australian (Red Blend)

Grape blend: 77% Grenache, 15% Mataro & 8% Shiraz

Region: Barossa Valley

State or country: Australia

Price: $35

Cases produced: 650

KWG Score: 92 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: June 15, 2017

Wine Review: This dark red colored Grenache based blend opens with a pleasant black cherry bouquet with hints of blueberry and cola. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, suave and smooth. It displays very tasty flavors of blueberry and boysenberry with nicely integrated minerality. I also picked up hints of oak and dark chocolate as well. The finish is dry and its flavors sail away for a very long time. I would pair this very good Aussie wine with a filet mignon. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: The 2014 Steading has a vibrant, purity of fruit, mid palate concentration and tannin profile making it an exemplary wine. Barossa cultivars of old vine Grenache, Shiraz & Mataro. Vibrant aromas of cherry fruit, star anise hints of violet and nutmeg all unfold to reveal an impressive array of underlying fruit flavours. A polished, succulent dark fruits layer of plum, black olive, earth, licorice and Asian spice. These complex yet elegant flavours are all neatly interwoven with a perfect balance of acidity and supple, silky tannins. The 2014 Steading will continue to develop with time in the cellar & shall provide those with patience, great enjoyment for many years to come.

Organic status: not organic

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