2009 Torbreck "Descendant" Shiraz

SKU #1137876 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 Descendent has 8% co-fermented Viognier in the blend which lends lovely floral, peach blossom and violet aromas to complement an intense blueberry preserves, dark chocolate and star anise aromatic core. Very full and rich, it has a lovely acid vibrancy alongside medium to firm, very fine tannins and a long finish. Drink it from 2015 to 2025+. (97+)  (2/2013)

96 points James Halliday

 Deep purple-red; here the lower alcohol does speak, along more light and shade into the bouquet and the medium- to full-bodied palate; there are notes of spice and savoury licorice coupled with some red fruit nuances, even though blackberry and satsuma plum provide the mainframe for a distinguished wine.  (2/2013)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (made from 92% shiraz and 8% viognier): Bright purple. An exotically perfumed bouquet exudes black and blue fruit liqueur, potpourri, sandalwood and smoky Indian spices. Stains the palate with intense boysenberry and cherry-vanilla flavors and becomes spicier and smokier with air. Lush but energetic, with superb finishing focus, cling and floral-driven persistence  (7/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Dark and spicy, not a heavyweight but mouthfilling, offering currant and plum at the core, with hints of apricot and crème fraîche around the edges, finishing with fine tannins and intensity. Shiraz and Viognier. Drink now through 2019.  (8/2013)

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Staff Image By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/28/2013 | Send Email
The Descendant was a stand out for me in the lineup.It "descends" from "Run Rig" cuttings that were planted in 1994 and spends 18 months in 2 1/2 year old barrels previously used for "Run Rig",The 8% co-fermented Viognier adds that hi-toned lovely floral lift with subtle notes of jasmine, honeysuckle and lavender that merge with blueberry, blackberry, new leather, earth and bittersweet chocolate. On the palate the wine shows fine balance with a brightness and drive through the middle that concludes with a persistent long finish.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/27/2013 | Send Email
My personal pick of the Torbreck lineup this time around. This wine shows more brightness and freshness with notable higher acidity. The nose leads with violets, crushed dark red berries and garrigue, a very perfumed wine. On the palate the wine is full bodied but seems to carry itself more elegantly than some of it's kin. The acid and slightly grippy tannins elongate the palate finishing with a whiff of cracked black pepper and cured meat.

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- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5