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2016 Torbreck "Descendant" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia

SKU #1440649 98 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Viognier (6%) is co-fermented with Shiraz from RunRig cuttings planted in 1994. Like a great Côte-Rôtie, it starts with a thrilling nose and doesn’t let up until a week after you’ve put down the glass. (MJ) Inner quote mark (8/2019)

97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A wine that really sits at the heart of the Torbreck DNA with plenty of blackberries and plums. Graphite and dark chocolate, too. There’s a beautifully exotic peppery and spicy edge here. The co-fermented viognier really is exceptional. The length and build on the palate is phenomenal and the weight of tannin is convincing, all thick and velvety. A blend of 94% shiraz and 6% viognier. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (6/2019)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A blend of 94% Shiraz and 6% Viognier aged in second fill barriques (all French oak), the 2016 Descendant features lovely floral aromas, accented by blueberries and a hint of apricot. On the palate, it's full-bodied, rich and creamy in texture, hugely mouthfilling yet somehow without excessive weight or heat, while the plush, velvety finish adds a hint of dark chocolate. It's a terrific success at a still-reasonable price for the quality. (JC) Inner quote mark (2/2019)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Distinctive and effusive, brimming with violet, white pepper, chai tea and peppermint oil notes, set on a dense frame, with thick tannins. Details of dark chocolate–covered coffee bean, cigar box and minerality gain momentum on the long, expressive finish. Shiraz and Viognier. Drink now through 2034. (KM) Inner quote mark (11/2019)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Descendant comes in at nearly half the price of Torbreck's top wine, Runrig, and is actually a more characterful wine, full of earthy meaty funk that makes it less polished but overall more interesting than Runrig. Rich and extroverted, it leads with raspberry jam and roasted beet aromas along with spicy cedary oak, damp earth, mint and florals, thanks, perhaps to being crushed with Viognier skins. The palate displays quite a lot of spicy oak along with tight chalky tannins and loads of ripe fruit and secondary characters. Drink 2021–2034. (CP) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

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