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2005 Torbreck Descendant Shiraz Viognier
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- Cellar 3 - 4 years (2010-2011)
- ABV 14.5%
- Closure: Cork
Almost opaque, black purple colour with black purple hue. Lifted nose of dried apricot dominates the nose. The palate displays an impressive ripe fruit flavour profile of liquorice, apricots and blackberries. Fine grained soft tannins, excellent balance. Long liquorice and apricot aftertaste.
Cellar 3-4 years (2010-2011)
The 2005 Descendant is composed of 92% Shiraz and 8% Viognier which are co-fermented. The fruit is sourced from a relatively young vineyard in Marananga planted with 11-year-old cuttings from the Run Rig vineyards and aged for 18 months in 2.5-year-old French barrels previously used for Run Rig. Opaque purple, with glass-coating glycerin, it offers up a complex array of lavender, violets, blueberry, blackberry, and fresh road tar. Full-bodied, on the palate the wine has great concentration with a noticeable uplift from the Viognier, gobs of spicy black fruits, opulence, and well-concealed tannins which will carry this wine for 10-15 years of further evolution. Drink it through 2030. Torbreck, under the leadership of owner/winemaker David Powell, remains a Barossa Valley benchmark as well as one of the world’s greatest wine estates. The top cuvees are limited production and expensive but there are also some outstanding values in the portfolio. With regard to the current vintages for the Barossa red wines, David Powell states "2004 is more savory while 2005 has more purity and definition. 2004 is more classic, 2005 will take longer to come around.”
Drink 2017 - 2030
Jay Miller - Wine Advocate #173 Oct 2007