Inspired by the rich, luscious & mineral scented dry whites of the Rhône Valley the 2014 Steading Blanc is sourced entirely from the Descendant Vineyard on Roennfeldt Road.
Fragrant aromas of acacia flowers, roasted nuts and buttered citrus are neatly balanced with underlying hints of bees wax, minerals, chalk and fino.
The ripe, fleshy barrel fermented Viognier and Marsanne gives the palate extraordinary richness whilst the Roussanne contributes its more flinty and austere personality. The result is a seamless wine with a silken texture that can be enjoyed with anything from the sea, particularly with a rich crustacean based sauce.
Every since planting Viognier, Torbreck has strived to make a wine with similar distinction and purity to those of Condrieu, which are amongst some of the greatest white wines he has tasted. With a beautiful freshness, the exotic aromatics of orange blossom, white peaches, jasmine flowers and smoke are tell tale signs of what lies beneath. Full bodied, the rich, opulent palate offers white truffles, ripe peaches, currants and fresh cream.
Only in exceptional vintages will we have the opportunity to produce a Viognier that displays distinctive varietal characteristics from the Descendant Vineyard. This wine was naturally fermented and aged for 9 months in 100% new French oak barriques.