Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for Torbreck Descendent Shiraz Viognier Barossa Valley
Roasted black cherry syrup on the nose, along with an exotic hint of apricot from the viognier. Sappy and fruit-driven, with liqueur-like flavors of black cherry and black raspberry. Densely packed and sweet. Finishes with substantial ripe tannins that turned a bit dry with aeration.
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... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from South Australia in Australia. 2004 Torbreck Descendant 750ml
A young vineyard (planted in 1994 with cuttings from the vines that make RunRig) yields this tremendously aromatic Shiraz, lifted with 8 percent Viognier. It's spicy, leafy, floral and gamy character wraps around a core of dark, brooding fruit, turning leaner and less generous in the mouth, finishing with a nice mineral touch. There's a lot going on, and maybe it will break out with cellaring. Best after 2007.
There are 1,000 cases of the 2002 Decendant, a blend of 92% Shiraz and 8% Viognier that spent 18 months in 2-year-old French oak. The fruit is sourced from the section of the Barossa Valley known as the Marananga. The Viognier and Shiraz are co-fermented together, and the name, Decendant, comes from the fact that it is essentially the same blend as the famous Run Rig, but sees no new oak. A magnificent effort, the dense ruby/purple-colored 2002 Decendant offers gorgeous aromas of crushed blackberries, raspberries, licorice, acacia flowers, and the added notes of honeysuckle and apricots from the Viognier. Full-bodied and opulently textured, with good tannin, structure, purity, and a broad, expansive finish that lasts nearly a minute, it needs 1-2 years of cellaring, and should keep for 12-15+.
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.
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.
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.
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