The Wine Society adds Australian En Primeur offer

The Wine Society is adding to its unique en primeur initiative with its first Australian en primeur.

The activity follows the recent release by the company of its first ever Austrian en primeur offer.

The Australian initiative is for Torbreck’s The Steading 2018, which it said will “doubtless be a wine which continues upon its path to legendary status within the wines of Australia”, and it suggests this wine could “make up a key part of any keen wine collector’s cellar”.

The Barossa specialist has been making wines since 1994 and its chief winemaker, Ian Hongell, works with some of the oldest vines on the planet, dating back to the 1840s.

The Wine Society’s Australia buyer, Freddie Bulmer, said: “A blend of grenache, mataro and shiraz, The Steading shows the wonderful harmony which can be achieved by these grapes in the Barossa. It is the heart and soul of the Torbreck range and was a natural choice for this offer.

“The 2018 vintage will be one to savour, with growers throughout the region unanimously pleased with the excellent conditions throughout the growing season. Flowering started very successfully at the start of the season and January and February were hot and dry, but the Indian summer played a big part in the success of the vintage, allowing the grapes to slowly mature on the vine, with temperatures remaining warm but never too hot.

“This is a first-rate example of what Barossa does best. There is a first-rate example of what Barossa does best. There is power but, crucially, there is balance too. The Steading has impressive concentration of flavour and all the ingredients to set it up for more than decade of ageing.”

The wine costs £120 per six in bond and will be delivered to the UK in early 2021. The offer is open to Wine Society members until 8pm May 19, 2020.

The company notes that it has had "great success" so far this year with Rhone, Barolo, Schloss Gobelsburg and Burgundy. In May it will reveal en primeur offers from Vina Zorzal (Navarra), Alfred Gratien (Champagne), and Cavas Weinert (Mendoza). Last year it revealed 17 en primeur offers from around the world. 

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