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2016 Torbreck Descendant
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- Cellar 6 - 8 years (2025-2027)
- ABV 14.5%
- Closure: Cork
A blend of 94% Shiraz and 6% Viognier the Descendant vineyard was planted with cuttings from one of the old Run Rig vineyards. The Shiraz fruit is crushed on top of the Viognier from the same vineyard, which has been lightly pressed for blending with the Run Rig. The blend of fruit is then co-fermented and matured for 20 months in second fill French barrels that have been previously used for Run Rig.
Dense pitch black core with a very deep black dark red hue. Exotically perfumed, aromas of dark plum and liquorice infused with hints of apricot and honeysuckle waft out of the glass followed by ripe black cherries, smoky vanillin cedar and spicy fennel. Silky, rich and powerful, decadent dark plum, liquorice and blackberry flavours saturate the mouth and provide it with a voluptuous textural feel. Hints of apricot, smoky vanillin cedar, fennel and spice add appeal as well as complexity. Very smooth, velvet like tannins have a sturdy underbelly which provides ample structure. Exceptional length with a very long, hedonistic finish.
Cellar 6-8 years.
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. Drink 2019-2035.
Joe Czerwinski – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate