Torbreck, Descendant Shiraz, 2004

Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia

Torbreck, Descendant Shiraz, 2004

Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia



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Grape Varietes: Shiraz 92%, Viognier 8% Wine Style: Sophisticated Spicy Reds Winemaker: David Powell Optimum Drinking: 2019-2021 Reviewer Rating: 98 Reviewer: Code: 102500 Alcohol: 14.5%
Estate Notes

This single vineyard wine was planted by Dave Powell in 1994 with cuttings off old RunRig vineyards - some of the oldest genetic material in Australia. 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.

The deep red clay soils in this vineyard produce fruit which is very savory, textured and rich, a satin-like texture and a glorious perfume. Of all the Torbreck releases this is one that really needs patience.

(Torbreck is named after a forest in Scotland where David Powell worked as a lumberjack.)


“Almost impenetrable purple-red colour; marries elegance bordering on restraint with intense blackberry fruit and viognier lift; controlled oak, tannins and alcohol. Shiraz/Viognier. Grapes crushed onto viognier skins.” James Halliday

“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.” Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

"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."