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2003 Torbreck Descendant

  • 96 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 83 JR
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend

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SKU: 59983-2003

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    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.
    Author: Harvey Steiman
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    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.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Torbreck's only single-vineyard wine comes from the 8 and 10 year-old vines planted for the owner's sons. Shiraz was fashionably co-fermented with 8% Viognier and then aged for 18 months in ex Rung Rig barrels.For the moment this is very disjointed with its extremely sweet start and extremely tough finish. It may get there eventually??
    Author: Jancis Robinson
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    Author: Brenda
  • Self | Rating: 94

    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.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2015+
    Author: Daniel B
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

  • 235 bottles owned
  • 65 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 65 collectors)