2002 Torbreck - Descendant 750ml

Australia - South Australia - Barossa Valley/ Red / Proprietary Blend   |     Watch

WA 96   WS 91   IWC 90   Collector 91
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

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+.

Drink Dates: 2005-2019
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 155

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

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.

Drink Dates: 2007+
Author: Harvey Steiman


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

($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.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 115

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating:
Author: 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.

Rating: 94
Author: 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.

Rating: 92
Author: Edward C731
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/27/2012

Rating: 88
Author: Yamadori
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 04/09/2012

Average rating: 92, based on 7 reviews
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488 bottles owned by 152 collectors.

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About This Producer


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.

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