Torbreck Descendant Shiraz Viognier 2005 1.5L, Barossa Valley
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 97 pts - 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. - Oct 2007
James Halliday's Wine Companion - 96 pts - Immaculate structure, texture and balance; likewise black-fruited shiraz with a subliminal viognier twist, plus licorice and spice; tannins ripe and perfectly weighted. Date tasted 12 Aug 2007. Drink by 2025.
Wine Spectator - 90 pts - Velvety, with floral and apricot notes adding their presence to the blackberry fruit, which echoes nicely on the finish. Shiraz and Viognier. Drink now through 2012. 1,000 cases made. -HS Sep 30 2007.