Torbreck Shiraz Blend Barossa Valley Descendant 2002

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The Descendant is a single vineyard Shiraz-Viognier, which as the name implies, is a direct descendant of RunRig. The...

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Tremendously aromatic, with spicy, leafy, floral and gamy character wrapping around a core of dark, brooding fruit, turning leaner and less generou... Read more

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 o... Read more

Torbreck's wines continue to get better and better, combining the old vine ripe fruit of Barossa with a European sensitivity to elegance and balanc... Read more

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External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/18/2010

Tremendously aromatic, with spicy, leafy, floral and gamy character wrapping 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, but it never quite breaks ... Wine Spectator. A Proprietary Blend wine from South Australia in Australia. 2002 Torbreck Descendant 750ml


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Torbreck'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 Torbreck'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 12-15 years.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
08/27/2014

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+.


External Review
Source: Cellar Link Pty Ltd
07/13/2010

91 points out of 100 by Harvey Steiman


External Review
Source: Cellar Link Pty Ltd
07/13/2010

90 points out of 100 by Stephen Tanzer


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/09/2013

A young vineyard (planted in 1994 with cuttings from the vines that make RunRig) yields this tremendously aromatic Shiraz, lifted with 8 percent Viognier. Itandrsquo;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. Thereandrsquo;s a lot going on, and maybe it will break out with cellaring. Best after 2007.


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Winemaker's Notes:

The Descendant is a single vineyard Shiraz-Viognier, which as the name implies, is a direct descendant of RunRig. The Descendant vineyard Shiraz expresses tar and black olive, offsetwonderfully by the velvety mouth feel with the jasmine and apricot aromatics of Viognier.

The Descendant is a single vineyard Shiraz-Viognier, which as the name implies, is a direct descendant of RunRig. The Descendant vineyard Shiraz expresses tar and black olive, offsetwonderfully by the velvety mouth feel with the jasmine and apricot aromatics of Viognier.

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