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2002 Torbreck Descendant
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- Cellar Drink Now - 6 years (2017-2023)
- ABV 14.5%
- Closure: Cork
Was $150.00 Now $115.00
The colour of this wine is holding up superbly – a testament to the greatness of the vintage. Impenetrable inky black core with a deep dark red black tinged hue. Very perfumed nose with dark plum, blackberry and liquorice aromas sailing out of the glass over vanillin cedar, a hint of dried apricot, the faintest whiff of leather and spice. The richness and terrific purity of fruit belies the wines age with lavish flavours of blackberry, liquorice and dark plum parading across the palate unscored by smoky vanillin cedar, subtle fennel infusions and spice. Still full of energy this magnificent blend has years of life left in it. Velvet smooth yet structured tannins carry the fruit beautifully. Excellent power with a very long conclusion of blackberry, liquorice, dark plum, lightly smoked vanillin cedar and spice.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.
There are 1,000 cases of the 2002 Descendant, a blend of 92% Shiraz and 8% Viognier that spent 18 months in 2-year-old French oak. The fruit is sourced from the section of the Barossa Valley known as Marananga. The Viognier and Shiraz are co-fermented together, and the name, Descendant, comes the fact that it is essentially the same blend as the famed Run Rig, but sees no new oak. A magnificent effort, the dense ruby/purple-colored 2002 Descendant offers gorgeous aromas of crushed blackberries, raspberries, licorice, acacia flowers, and the added notes of honeysuckle and apricots from the Viognier. Full-bodied and opulently textured, with good tannin, structure, purity, and a broad, expansive finish that lasts nearly a minute, it needs 1-2 years of cellaring, and should keep for 12-15+. Drink 2005-2019.
Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate