External Reviews for Torbreck Descendent Shiraz Viognier Barossa Valley Cl
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.
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.
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 1ndash;2 years of cellaring, and should keep for 12ndash;15+.
A young vineyard (planted in 1994 with cuttings from the vines that make RunRig) yields this tremendously aromatic Shiraz, lifted with 8 percent Viognier. Itrsquo;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. Therersquo;s a lot going on, and maybe it will break out with cellaring. Best after 2007.
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.
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.
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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