2009 Torbreck "Descendant" Shiraz
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+)
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.
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
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.