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2003 Torbreck - Descendant 750ml
2003 Torbreck - Descendant
Australia - South Australia - Barossa Valley
Red / Proprietary Blend
2003 Torbreck - Descendant
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Professional Reviews


Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 161

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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Wine Spectator Author: Harvey Steiman

Finely honed, focused and brilliant in flavor, with that distinct twang of fruity spice from Viognier adding a welcome lift to the dark berry, sloe plum and dried apricot flavors that linger expressively on the long finish. Shiraz and Viognier.

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Community Reviews

Brenda Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 03/11/2013



Daniel B Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 12/01/2005 Drink Dates: 2010-2015+

Deep purple with an intensely plumy scent and hints of black pepper, raw beef, soy sauce, chalk, vanilla, and blackberry. Richly flavorful with excellent length, fine but slightly firm tannin, and unobtrusive acidity. Oak is well integrated. Very attractive chocolaty fruit on the finish. 92% Shiraz and 8% Viognier from the Marananga vineyard. These ten year old vines were started with cuttings from an old RunRig vineyard (hence the wine?s name). The Shiraz and Viognier are co-fermented and then aged for 18 months in two and a half year old French oak (when new these barrels were used for the RunRig). This wine is beginning to shut down ? it was much more exuberant when it was released last year. As such, if you are itching to try one now best pull the cork soon.

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