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Torbreck Descendent Shiraz Viognier Barossa Valley Cl 2003

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Torbreck Vintners:
Torbreck Vintners was founded by David Powell in 1994. The roots go back to 1992 when Dave, who was then working at Rockford, began to discover and clean up a few sections of dry-grown old vines. Near lifeless, he nurtured them back to health and was rewarded with small parcels of fruit that he made into wine. Dave was able to secure a contract for the supply of grapes from a run-down but an... Read more
Torbreck Vintners was founded by David Powell in 1994. The roots go back to 1992 when Dave, who was then working at Rockford, began to discover and clean up a few sections of dry-grown old vines. Near lifeless, he nurtured them back to health and was rewarded with small parcels of fruit that he made into wine. Dave was able to secure a contract for the supply of grapes from a run-down but ancient Shiraz vineyard. He managed to raise enough money to share-farm the vineyard, a practice which involves paying the owner a percentage of the market rate for his grapes in return for totally managing the vineyard. This share-farming principle has enabled Torbreck to use fruit from the very best vineyards in the Barossa Valley, which is home to some of the most precious old vines in the world. In 1995 Dave crushed three tonnes of grapes and fermented them into wine in a shed on his 12-hectare Marananga property. He named his wine 'Torbreck' after a forest in Scotland where he worked as a lumberjack. The Torbreck endeavour is based around the classic Barossa Valley varietals of Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro, and a love for the wines of France's Rhone Valley. Dave loves the intense, rich, Rhone-like flavours that come from old-vines and the fact that Shiraz and Grenache are the mainstay red grapes of the Northern and Southern Rhone often draws comparison. Torbreck doesn't only make red wines though, we have Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne planted on our winery block which we have blended to make a white wine for the last 2 years. In July 2002 the historic Hillside property was acquired by Torbreck. Situated in Lyndoch, it is one of the original Barossa properties. Vast and picturesque it contains some magnificent old and ancient vineyards that will further our source of premium quality fruit. The Hillside property contains a wonderful native ecosystem that supports a myriad of flora and fauna. Dave hopes to turn it into a nature reserve in the future that will be open to visits. In June 2003 at the finish of vintage, we opened our cellar-door for sales. An original settlers hut, it has been lovingly restored and provides a personal touch and some Barossa warmth whilst you taste our wines. It is open daily and we welcome any visits. In the middle of 2008 a long term vision of Dave Powell's will reach completion. A new winery and administration facility will have been completed on land acquired from a next door neighbour. This will enable our grapes to be made into wine using the best availble equipment and then bottled 'on the estate' using our own bottling line. Finally we have complete control of all aspects of production which will see a new benchmark of wine quality established by us in the Barossa Valley. Read less

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Snooth User: Terence Pang
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2004 05/08/2012

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Clavelin17
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5.00 5
09/25/2007

Five glasses


Snooth User: jintan
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Vintage: 2000 01/08/2011

Costs S$120. March 2002


External Reviews for Torbreck Descendent Shiraz Viognier Barossa Valley Cl

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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2005 01/10/2013

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 Torbreckandrsquo;s other reds, worth cellaring for five years or so, then drinking over the next 15.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2005 01/03/2012

Torbreckrsquo;s wines continue to get better and better, combining the old vine ripe fruit of Barossa with a European sensitivity to elegance and balance. Primarily Shiraz with a tiny dollop of Viognier, the blockbuster 2003 Descendant spent 18 months in used French oak (barrels that were previously used for Torbreckrsquo;s flagship cuvee, Run Rig). A spectacular perfume of flowers, blackberries, cassis, licorice, and honeysuckle is followed by an unctuously textured, full-bodied red displaying a seamless integration of wood, tannin, acidity, and alcohol. With elegance, power, richness, and just about everything one could want in a full-throttle, beautifully balanced dry red wine, it will drink well for 12ndash;15 years.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2005 01/10/2013

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 10andndash;15 years of further evolution. Drink it through 2030.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2004 05/19/2011

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.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2004 05/19/2011

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+.


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Vintage: 2004 03/16/2011

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


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Torbreck is unquestionably a candidate for one of the worldrsquo;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 whiteshellip; 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 10ndash;15 years.


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