93 Points Robert Parker
Medium deep garnet with a touch of brick color, the 2001 The Steading is meaty, ripe and rich with really complex aromas of menthol, potpourri, sandalwood, some tobacco and leather. It is a touch sweaty on the palate but not unpleasantly so, and is followed with rich and full flavors, medium levels of grainy tannins, and a long and earthy finish. It is mature now and ready to drink.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Lisa Perrotti-Brown. February, 2013
88 Points James Halliday
The colour is slightly dull, but not distressingly so; earthy, spicy, savoury fruit aromas are followed by a medium-bodied palate with typical, slightly jammy fruit; not in the same class as the other top-flight wines from Torbreck, but good by any other standard. Drink to 2011.
Source: James Halliday. February, 2003
"The 2001 The Steading is an ageworthy effort. Made from the same blend as the Juveniles, but aged 18 months in old French and American hogsheads (300 liter barrels), it exhibits a deep plum/garnet color in addition to a big, spice-driven nose of cinnamon, pepper, soy, damp earth, dried herbs, and red as well as black fruits. Ripe, full-bodied, and complex, it is a French-styled red that should drink well for a decade."
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate # 148 Aug 2003