86 Points Robert Parker
One thing that was clear in tasting the Torbreck wines was not only the brilliance of his top Shiraz cuvee, the Run Rig, but the fact that his Chateauneuf du Pape look-alike from the Barossa, The Steading, needs to be drunk in its first 5-6 years of life. The 1998 The Steading (78% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, and 10% Shiraz) still exhibits a healthy dark ruby color, but the fruit seems to be drying out. It reveals lots of pepper, earth, herbs, and spice, but the sweetness of the fruit seems to be somewhat attenuated, and the finish is short as well as sharp. In any event, this is a wine to drink in its exuberant youth.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Robert M. Parker, Jr. June, 2009
The the dense ruby/purple-colored 1998 The Steading (also a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, and 20% Shiraz) boasts a creamy texture in addition to a glorious bouquet of black raspberries, kirsch, cassis, minerals, and licorice. Seductive, voluptuously-textured flavors unfold on the palate, and the texture is so plush that the taster feels his palate is resting on a water bed of overripe black fruits. Extremely long (45+ seconds), this sensational wine can be drunk now or cellared for 10-12 years.
- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate