Torbreck Descendant Shiraz Viognier 2013 Barossa Valley, South Australia AustraliaTorbreck
The Torbreck Descendant is an amazing wine and one of my personal favourites, having recently drinking a 2004 vintage the wine ages very well, although these wines are enjoyable from release, they will improve greatly over time when cellared correctly. In my view the Descendant is Torbreck’s equivalent to Penfold’s ‘Baby Grange’ the BIN389, both using the older barrels that were once used to make each vineyard flagship wine Torbreck’s Run Rig and Penfold’s Grange - Scott Conley
The Descendant is a single vineyard, located next to our winery block on Roennfeldt Road, was planted in 1994 with cuttings taken from our RunRig grower vineyards – some of the oldest genetic vine material in Australia.
When Torbreck co-fermented this “descendant” Shiraz with Viognier, it was a first in the Barossa – now we have been joined my many others, a testament to the success of this Rhone blend.
Shiraz is crushed straight on top of Viognier, which has been lightly pressed for RunRig, and the blend of fruit is then co-fermented. Maturation over 18 months is in barrels that have previously been used for RunRig.
The deep red clay soils in this vineyard produces fruit that has a glorious perfume, a savoury flavour and a satin-like texture.