1998, Torbreck, Steading

Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia

(Priced at per bottle)

Score: 86

Drinking Dates: 2009-2015

Critic: Robert Parker

Tasted: 30-Jun-2009

The 2005 The Steading is a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Mataro, and 20% Shiraz aged for 22 months in used French oak. David Powell s interpretation of top-of-the-line Chateauneuf du Pape is spot-on. Purple-colored, it offers a fabulous nose of damp earth, garrigue, clove, kirsch, and black raspberry. Full-bodied, rich, and layered, the wine is powerful, complex and yet surprisingly light on its feet. It can be enjoyed now but will easily last for a decade.