Torbreck Descendant Barossa Valley Premier 2004

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The Descendant vineyard Shiraz exhibits tar and black olive, offset wonderfully by the jasmine and apricot aromatics ...

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Total Beverage, Thornton Colorado
Thornton, CO (1,000 mi)
USD 94.98
750ml
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Torbreck is unquestionably a candidate for one of the world's greatest wineries. While their top-end wines are rare as well as expensive, proprieto... Read more

Velvety, with floral and apricot notes adding their presence to the blackberry fruit, which echoes nicely on the finish. Shiraz and Viognier. Drink... Read more

Bright purple. Intensely spicy aromas of black raspberry, cherry, cocoa powder and Asian spices. Inky and youthfully brooding, with powerful dark b... Read more

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External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Torbreck is unquestionably a candidate for one of the world's greatest wineries. While their top-end wines are rare as well as expensive, proprietor David Powell also produces amazingly high quality, value-priced cuvees, both reds and whites... The 2004 Descendant, an old oak-aged blend of 92% Shiraz and 8% Viognier from a 12-year-old vineyard, offers up notes of blackberries, ink, sweet truffles, and acacia flowers. There are 1,000 cases of this full-bodied, intense, rich blockbuster. It will drink well for 10-15 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Velvety, with floral and apricot notes adding their presence to the blackberry fruit, which echoes nicely on the finish. Shiraz and Viognier. Drink now through 2012.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Bright purple. Intensely spicy aromas of black raspberry, cherry, cocoa powder and Asian spices. Inky and youthfully brooding, with powerful dark berry liqueur flavors, velvety tannins and a building impression of graphite. Tightens with air but not at the expense of its wonderfully lush, deeply concentrated fruity and sexy spices.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The 2005 Descendant is composed of 92% Shiraz and 8% Viognier which are co-fermented. The fruit is sourced from a relatively young vineyard in Marananga planted with 11-year-old cuttings from the Run Rig vineyards and aged for 18 months in 2.5-year-old French barrels previously used for Run Rig. Opaque purple, with glass-coating glycerin, it offers up a complex array of lavender, violets, blueberry, blackberry, and fresh road tar. Full-bodied, on the palate the wine has great concentration with a noticeable uplift from the Viognier, gobs of spicy black fruits, opulence, and well-concealed tannins which will carry this wine for 10-15 years of further evolution. Drink it through 2030.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Unlike most of the Torbreck wines, this is single-vineyard Shiraz, cofermented with a small proportion of Viognier, then aged in barrels previously used for RunRig. Hints of apricot and bacon fat impart beautiful nuance to the blackberry fruit. This is slightly firmer than Torbreck's other reds, worth cellaring for five years or so, then drinking over the next 15.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Lithe, open-textured Shiraz-Viognier blend, offering pretty boysenberry flavors. Feels lighter than most Barossa Shiraz and shows the floral and peach accents of the Viognier. Not quite as seamless as previous vintages, but has a personality of its own. Drink now through 2012.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Finely honed, focused and brilliant in flavor, with that distinct twang of fruity spice from Viognier adding a welcome lift to the dark berry, sloe plum and dried apricot flavors that linger expressively on the long finish. Shiraz and Viognier. Best from 2006 through 2015.


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Winemaker's Notes:

The Descendant vineyard Shiraz exhibits tar and black olive, offset wonderfully by the jasmine and apricot aromatics of Viognier.

The Descendant vineyard Shiraz exhibits tar and black olive, offset wonderfully by the jasmine and apricot aromatics of Viognier.

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