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2000 Torbreck - Descendant

AUSTRALIA / SOUTH AUSTRALIA /
  • 94 WA
  • 88 WS
  • 87 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 59983-2000-750-3A
  • Rating: 87

    ($90; shiraz pressed over viognier skins) Full purple-red color. A floral viognier quality enhances perfumed aromas of raspberry, red cherry, cassis, musky tea-tin, clove and cinnamon. Purists might well object to its reductive qualities and rusticity. Smooth, nutty and creamy in the mouth, with a distinct leathery aspect. Finishes with a slightly soapy mouth feel, silky tannins and moderate length.
    Author: Jeremy Oliver
    Issue: July/August 2002
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    Distinctive floral and peachy overtones from the Viognier, with a plump structure and pretty cherry and meaty flavors that last on the finish. Shiraz and Viognier.
    Author: Harvey Steiman
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    The 2000 Descendant is a single-vineyard Shiraz that includes 8% Viognier. There are 560 cases of the 2000, a magnificent example aged completely in used French oak for 18 months prior to being bottled with no fining or filtration. This exotic offering boasts an inky purple color along with a gorgeously sweet nose of blackberry liqueur intermixed with licorice and Viognier's honeysuckle character. It has great texture, fabulous length (the finish lasts for 50 seconds), and incredible fruit purity. I would not be surprised to see it firm up in the bottle. This pedal-to-the-metal, full-throttle Shiraz is a singular expression of Barossa Valley fruit.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating:

    mature
    Author: TF Winery
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Still has a few years left but not as fantastic as I expected. A little too sour for my test. Still a lovely blackberry/licorice nose and taste. Nothing bad about it, but not a fav.
    Drink Dates: 2005-2018
    Author: flwine
Torbreck Vintners was founded by David Powell in 1994. Although located in Australia's Barossa Valley, the name comes from a forest in Scotland where Powell previously worked as a lumberjack before becoming a winemaker. Torbreck's production is centered around the classic Barossa Valley varieties of Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro (Mourvedre), and the winemaking philosophy is based on David's love for the wines of France's Rhone Valley. Along with many intensely flavored red wines blended from old-vine Shiraz and Grenache, Torbreck also produces white wines from Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne.
More than half of all Australian wine production takes place in the South Australia region—home to the Shiraz-specializing Barossa Valley as well as revered Riesling zones Clare Valley and Eden Valley. South Australia is too large and diverse to generalize about climate or topography, with both cooler coastal areas and warmer inland sections—but rainfall is generally low throughout and drought is a constant concern. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 104 bottles owned
  • 28 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 28 collectors)