Vinous 94 points - (made from 92% shiraz and 8% viognier): Bright purple. An exotically perfumed bouquet exudes black and blue fruit liqueur, potpourri, sandalwood and smoky Indian spices. Stains the palate with intense boysenberry and cherry-vanilla flavors and becomes spicier and smokier with air. Lush but energetic, with superb finishing focus, cling and floral-driven persistence.
Wine Advocate 97 points - Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 Descendent has 8% co-fermented Viognier in the blend which lends lovely floral, peach blossom and violet aromas to complement an intense blueberry preserves, dark chocolate and star anise aromatic core. Very full and rich, it has a lovely acid vibrancy alongside medium to firm, very fine tannins and a long finish. Drink it from 2015 to 2025+. (Feb 2013)
Wine Spectator 93 points - Dark and spicy, not a heavyweight but mouthfilling, offering currant and plum at the core, with hints of apricot and creme fraiche around the edges, finishing with fine tannins and intensity. Shiraz and Viognier. Drink now through 2019.—H.S. (Jun 12 2013)
The Descendant is a single vineyard Shiraz-Viognier which, as the name implies, is a direct descendant of RunRig.
The Descendant vineyard Shiraz expresses tar and black olive, offset wonderfully by the jasmine and apricot aromatics of Viognier.
From the cuttings taken from old vines used to plant the vineyard, and the viognier skins the shiraz was crushed onto, to the barrels it was matured in, this wine is directly descended from RunRig.
|Torbreck Vintners was founded by David Powell in 1994. The roots go back to 1992 when David, who was then working at Rockford, began to discover and clean up a few sections of dry-grown old vines.
Near lifeless, he nurtured them back to health and was rewarded with small parcels of fruit that he made into wine. David was able to secure a contract for the supply of grapes from a run-down but ancient Shiraz vineyard.
He managed to raise enough money to share-farm the vineyard, a practice which involves paying the owner a percentage of the market rate for his grapes in return for totally managing the vineyard.
This share-farming principle has enabled Torbreck to use fruit from the very best vineyards in the Barossa Valley, which is home to some of the most precious old vines in the world.
In 1995 David crushed three tonnes of grapes and fermented them into wine in a shed on his 12-hectare Marananga property. He named his wine ’Torbreck’ after a forest in Scotland where he worked as a lumberjack.
The Torbreck endeavour is based around the classic Barossa Valley varietals of Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro, and a love for the wines of France’s Rhone Valley.
Torbreck doesn’t only make red wines though, we have Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne planted on our winery block which we have blended to make a white wine.
In July 2002 the historic Hillside property was acquired by Torbreck. Situated in Lyndoch, it is one of the original Barossa properties. Vast and picturesque it contains some magnificent old and ancient vineyards that will further our source of premium quality fruit. The Hillside property contains a wonderful native ecosystem that supports a myriad of flora and fauna. Plans are underway to restore Hillside to it’s former glory and create wines to reflect the history and significance of this grand old property.
In June 2003 at the finish of vintage, we opened our cellar-door for sales. An original settlers hut, it has been lovingly restored and provides a personal touch and some Barossa warmth whilst you taste our wines. It is open daily and we welcome any visits.
A new winery and administration facility was completed in 2008 on land acquired from a next door neighbour. This enables our grapes to be made into wine using the best available equipment and then bottled ’on the estate’ using our own bottling line. We now have complete control of all aspects of production that sees a new benchmark of wine quality established by us in the Barossa Valley.
In 2008 Torbreck Vintners was acquired by Pete Kight. Pete has wine interests in both the U.S. and Australia and is committed to ensuring the ongoing excellence of Torbreck wines. He truly believes that our best wines are yet to come.