Torbreck, Descendant Shiraz, 2006

Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia

Torbreck, Descendant Shiraz, 2006

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: 2019-2036 Reviewer Rating: 95 Reviewer: Code: 102484 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.)


“The Shiraz for the 2006 The Descendant is sourced from a single vineyard and co-fermented with 8% Viognier. It was aged for 18 months in seasoned French oak. Opaque purple-colored, it emits an expressive, sexy perfume of violets, wood smoke, black pepper, espresso, blueberry, and chocolate. Full-bodied, on the palate, this voluptuous effort has great concentration with a noticeable uplift from the Viognier, tons of spicy black fruits, enough ripe tannin to evolve for a decade, and 60-second finish.”

“Inky violet. Powerfully scented, brooding aromas of boysenberry, cherry compote, licorice and smoky minerals; aeration brings up brighter black raspberry and blackberry qualities, which carry onto the palate. Broad and deeply concentrated, presenting a seductive array of sweet dark berry liqueur flavors and a late jolt of tangy minerals. Clings tenaciously to the palate and finishes with lingering blackberry and candied plum flavors.” Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar