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2002 Torbreck - Descendant 750ml
2002 Torbreck - Descendant
Australia - South Australia - Barossa Valley
Red / Proprietary Blend
2002 Torbreck - Descendant
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Professional Reviews

IWC
90

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 115

($85; shiraz with 8% viognier) Roasted black cherry syrup on the nose, along with an exotic hint of apricot from the viognier. Sappy and fruit-driven, with liqueur-like fla vors 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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WA
96

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 155

There are 1,000 cases of the 2002 Descendant, 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 Marananga. The Viognier and Shiraz are co-fermented together, and the name, Descendant, comes the fact that it is essentially the same blend as the famed Run Rig, but sees no new oak. A magnificent effort, the dense ruby/purple-colored 2002 Descendant 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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WS
91

Wine Spectator Author: Harvey Steiman

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 out-maybe with cellaring? Shiraz with 8 percent Viognier. 700 cases made.

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Community Reviews

88

Yamadori Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 04/09/2012

BigRich Trust Rating: 90 Tasted On: 02/10/2012

Violet in color. Medium rim variation. Medium legs. Blueberry, Red Currant. Raspberry, Red Currant. Light/Medium bodied. Coarse texture. Medium finish.

92

Edward C731 Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 01/27/2012

94

Daniel B Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 03/01/2004 Drink Dates: 2006-2011

Made from nine year old cuttings sourced from the RunRig vineyard, this 92% Shiraz and 8% Viognier is cofermented and then aged for 18 months in two and a half year old barrels originally used for RunRig. Opaque purple black colored wine with a few thick and moderately pigmented legs. A somewhat tight but still complex nose of chocolate, sage, black olive, pepper, coffee, leather, smoke, charred wood, anise, and funk. Dark fruits come forth on the palate. Very smooth but substantial tannins allayed with excellent acidity. Considerable length and very suave despite the wine?s dense concentration. Needs time to bloom.

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