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Torbreck "Descendant" 2015
Region: Barossa Valley
Winery: Torbreck
Grapes: 92% Shiraz, 8% Viognier
Color: Red
Vintage: 2015
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Description: This single vineyard wine, located next to the winery block on Roennfeldt Road, was planted by Dave Powell in 1994 with cuttings off old RunRig vineyards – some of the oldest genetic material in Australia and due to phylloxera, the World. The Barossa's first co-fermented Shiraz/Viognier, Descendant has been joined by many more in the last couple of years - a testament to its success. Shiraz is crushed directly on top of Viognier, which has been lightly pressed for RunRig. The blend of fruit is then co-fermented and later the wine is matured for 18 months in barrels that had been previously used for RunRig. The deep red clay soils in this vineyard produce fruit which is very savoury, textured and rich – somewhat like a Barossa Valley 'Cornas' in style. The similarities end there though, as co-fermentation with Viognier gives it an extra dimension – a satin-like texture and a glorious perfume. Of all the Torbreck releases this is one that really needs patience. Its immediate charm can be enjoyed upon release with a few hours breathing, but after the first 6 months, the rest should be locked away for at least 5 years and then (in the best years) for another 15. The 2006 Descendant is another impressive release of this wine, the colour making that immediately apparent; completely black/purple with healthy, vibrant magenta hues. A pure, wild, powerful nose of blackberry and tar is complimented by a gentle floral lift of lavender and violets. Full-bodied with great concentration, silky tannins and perfectly judged extract, this vigorous and suave young wine has a long, long future ahead of it.


Reviews

Publication Score Comments
James Suckling 95 FOR THE 2015 VINTAGE
Super tarry with a coal, smoky edge. It is bursting with aromas of blackberries and dark plums, as well as a dark-spice thread and plenty of black licorice. The palate has deep flavors in a smooth, fleshy medium-bodied frame. Impressive concentration, deep ripeness and a long future. Drink or hold.
Wine Spectator 96 FOR THE 2013 VINTAGE
This is like biting into a perfect slice of warm blueberry or huckleberry pie, down to the buttery crust, with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla bean. The tannins are thick but velvety and polished, showing magnificent persistence. Shiraz and Viognier. Drink now through 2026