This is a wonderfully lush blend. Dark earth and cola notes come from the Mourvèdre, spice from the Syrah and cherry and almond components from the Grenache. Long on the finish, where the earth and spice notes really come through. Drink now–2010.
Different in style from the equally good 2004, the 2005 Steading is a bigger, richer, warmer wine, with brandied cherry fruit flavors and a rather fat, almost oily mouthfeel. More fruit and feel, less earth and spice. Drink it up over the next few years.
This GSM is almost the same blend as the Juveniles (with “only a few parcels’ difference,” says winemaker Dan Standish), but it spends 18 months in oak. Me, I narrowly prefer the Juveniles’ freshness—The Steading’s palate shows oak and cedar, and the heavier tannins that go with it. Nose is pretty closed. Very good, and perhaps one to revisit in a year or two.
The 60% Grenache shows in this wine’s red-berry aromas and flavors, while the 20% Mourvèdre imparts a slightly horsey, leathery note. It’s full-bodied and lushly textured, it just doesn’t seem quite as harmonious at this stage as some earlier vintages.