In the case of a basic beef dish, such as grilled steak, your choices are plentiful. You're basically looking for a wine that is big enough to keep up with the beef's full flavour and has enough tannin to balance the fats in the beef. (In case you're not familiar with tannins, they are similar to what you taste when you drink from a cup of teat which has had a teabag sitting in it too long. That mouth-puckering flavour comes from both the grapes and the wood barrels the wine is aged in and - when provided in balance - provides a great flavour and helps cleanse your palate. In this case, it helps to strip the fats from the beef off your tongue and leaves your mouth ready for more.) 



Product SKU: 703909
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 175, February 2008
Rating: 96 points
Drink 2018 - 2060+

There are 481 cases of the black/purple 2005 Ermitage Le Meal. As always, classic blackberry, asphalt, charcoal, and beef blood notes jump from the glass of this intense wine. Full-bodied, with staggering concentration and a personality not terribly dissimilar from a first-growth Pauillac, but showing no evidence of oak whatsoever (and that is in spite of being aged in 100% new oak casks), this wine needs 10-12 years of bottle age, and should keep for 50-100 years.

Review by: James Molesworth
Wine Spectator: Issue Web Only 2008
Rating: 98 points
Drink 2010 - 2030

Big, broad-shouldered version, with loam, tobacco, currant paste and hoisin sauce notes out in front of the formidable tannin structure. Dark, loamy and muscular through the finish, with a haymaker of black fruit and tarry grip. Best from 2010 through 2030. 481 cases made.

RP: 96     WS: 98

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Product SKU: 724753
Review by: Jay Miller
Wine Advocate: Issue 173, October 2007
Rating: 92 points
Drink now - 2022

The 2005 The Pict is a limited production cuvee made from 100% Mataro. Purple-colored, it offers a complex perfume of forest floor, black truffle, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. This leads to a full-bodied, layered wine which is well-extracted, structured, somewhat straightforward, and just a bit compact on the palate. It could well last for 10-15 years but I would opt for drinking it younger while the fruit holds. Torbreck, under the leadership of owner/winemaker David Powell, remains a Barossa Valley benchmark as well as one of the world's greatest wine estates. The top cuvees are limited production and expensive but there are also some outstanding values in the portfolio.

RP: 92    

Red Sample


Product SKU: 725160

WS: 91

Red Sample