Wine Spectator
Torbreck Wines, 2013 Torbreck 'The Descendant' Shiraz

96
"This is like biting into a perfect slice of warm blueberry or huckleberry pie, down to the buttery crust, with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla bean. The tannins are thick but velvety and polished, showing magnificent persistence. Shiraz and Viognier. Drink now through 2026."
–Nov-16
James Suckling
Torbreck Wines, 2013 Torbreck 'The Descendant' Shiraz

95
"A more floral nose in contrast to the tarry edge of The Factor, this has a compact, crunchy and punchy feel to it, plenty of tannin in play and a bold, brash stance. Below the florals on the nose, it offers up a spread of blueberry and cherry fruit aromas, spice and pepper notes and a little creme caramel. The palate has a powerful and concentrated core of blackberry and blue plum flavor, it grips and squeezes, muscular and taut, best from 2019."
–Jul-16
Wine Enthusiast
Torbreck Wines, 2013 Torbreck 'The Descendant' Shiraz

92
"Full bodied, creamy and rich, this wine will undoubtedly please Torbreck fans and provide another piece of ammo for critics. Tasted blind, I wrote, ÄúTorbreck-like nose of lifted spice and stewed berries.Äù ThereÄôs a hint of mint as well. Mixed berries and brown sugar notes mingle easily on the palate, while a touch of dried fruit (not a positive) creeps in on the finish. Drink nowÄì2025. Wine Creek. ÄîJ.C."
–Feb-17
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2013 Torbreck 'The Descendant' Shiraz
Torbreck Wines

This single vineyard wine, located next to the winery block on Roennfeldt Road, was planted 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.

Shiraz is crushed straight on top of Viognier, which has been lightly pressed for RunRig. The blend of fruit is then co-fermented and later the wine is matured for 18 months in barrels that had been previously used for RunRig.

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. Its immediate charm can be enjoyed upon release with a few hours breathing, but after the first 6 months, the rest should be locked away for at least 5 years.

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