2012 Torbreck The Descendant
Barossa Valley, South Australia
Concentrated dark berries, hints of mocha or espresso, and whiffs of sage and lavender. Lovely with mushrooms, lamb, or chicken herbed up a la provencal.
97 WA; 90 JH
$94.49 as part of a mixed case.
Temporarily out, eta pending.
"The 2012 Descendant was picked slightly later than usual due to cooler conditions in February and March and was picked on the 4th April.The cooler conditions have given the wine clearly defined aromatics and a silky, supple fruit profile.Immediately impressive the sublime bouquet is reminiscent of violet, lavender and spice. Lavish layers of dense blueberry fruit is perfectly interwoven with nuances of cinnamon, tar, exotic spice, pepper and dark cherry. Full-bodied with great concentration, and silky tannins this suave wine has impeccable balance and a long future ahead of it."
"92% Shiraz/8% Viognier. The vineyard was planted with cuttings from one of the old Run Rig vineyards. The Shiraz 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 later the wine matured for 18 months in 2 1/2 year old French barrels that had been previously used for Run Rig. 15% alc."
"97 pts ... Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2012 Descendent offers gorgeously pure notes of violets, vanilla and cinnamon stick over a core of black cherry, blackberry and wild blueberry notes plus and hint of cloves. Full-bodied, concentrated and built like a brick house, the spectrum of flavors, ripe, abundant tannins, clever balance and epically long finish make this a Descendent that rivals its forefather. Drink 2017 to 2032."
"90 pts ... Good colour; predictably intense and concentrated, with savoury black fruits, tar and earth; its Achilles heel is, without question, the increase in heat on the finish. Drink through 2025."
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