2004 Torbreck "Descendant" Shiraz-Viognier Barossa Valley South Australia

SKU #1018887 98 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2004 Descendant, an old oak-aged blend of 92% Shiraz and 8% Viognier from a 12-year old vineyard, offers up notes of blackberries, ink, sweet truffles, and acacia flowers. There are 1,000 cases of this full-bodied, intense, rich blockbuster. (RP) Inner quote mark (10/2006)

96 points James Halliday

Outer quote mark Almost impenetrable purple-red colour; marries elegance bordering on restraint with intense blackberry fruit and viognier lift; controlled oak, tannins and alcohol. Inner quote mark (2/2006)

93 points Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Primary aromas of berry skin, violet, freshly roasted coffee, high-fat chocolate and cinnamon. Very fresh in the mouth, with dense but tangy flavors of cassis, blueberry, mocha and fruitcake. Impressively concentrated and focused wine. With air, this deepened in flavor but gave up nothing in finesse. Finishes sweet and quite long, with an exotic chocolate note and bright acids. (JR) Inner quote mark (7/2006)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Lithe, open-textured Shiraz-Viognier blend, offering pretty boysenberry flavors. Feels lighter than most Barossa Shiraz and shows the floral and peach accents of the Viognier. Not quite as seamless as previous vintages, but it has a personality of its own. (HS) Inner quote mark (10/2006)

K&L Notes

This single vineyard Shiraz-Viognier expresses tar and black olive, offset wonderfully by the jasmine and apricot aromatics of Viognier. The blend is 92% Shiraz and 8% Viognier grown in Marananga from cuttings taken from old vines in the RunRig Vineyard (hence the name of this powerful red). The varieties are co-fermented and the wine is matured for 18 months in 2 1/2 year old French barrels that had been previously used for RunRig.

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