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Torbreck Vintners, Descendant, 2021

Torbreck Vintners, Descendant, 2021

Torbreck Vintners | Barossa Valley, Australia | 75cl
  • Red Still
  • Shiraz, Viognier
Regular price £440.00
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Torbreck was established in 1994 from the resurrection of old vines vineyards that had fallen into disrepair on selected sites in The Barossa Valley. Twenty five years later Torbreck makes 19 different cuvées to continued acclaim, sourcing fruit from a number of old, some might say ancient, dry-farmed vines in vineyards.

It will come as no surprise to anyone who has tasted them that Torbreck’s wines have been something of a tribute to the great wines of the Rhône Valley while remaining essentially Barossa.

The 2021 Descendant could not be more evocative of Barossa with its core of intense, powerful fruit and sports another 19.5+/20 points score from Jukes who observes its ‘Michelin-three-star’ complexity and detail’, confessing he is ‘in complete awe of this wine and its haute couture deportment’.

What the critics say:

96/100Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate

"The 2021 Descendant is often termed as the "Baby Runrig," which, as we all know, is a bit of a myopic way to view things, but it gets the point across. This is Shiraz fermented on Viognier skins (8% by weight, no liquid) and decidedly floral on the nose, with marmalade and orange peel, pink peppercorns and blood plums. The wine is dense and velvety, with loads of tannin; the Viognier, while contributing floral aromatics, textural silk and flow, also contributes tannin, and it is felt here. There is no new oak, which helps with the tannin expression and core of red and purple fruit. The signature Barossan red dirt and ironstone show through the finish. It's really good! Excellent wine. 15% alcohol, sealed under cork and wax."

19.5+/20Matthew Jukes

"I am always struck by the necromancer qualities of Descendant. It is not unusual for me to score this wine higher than its genetic parent, RunRig. I prefer to write tasting notes in a notebook instead of typing them into a tablet to capture my raw emotions immediately instead of writing complete sentences. My notes on these wines were hastily scrawled into a ‘Field Notes’ book – rather apt – and the first few words on The Descendant were, verbatim, ‘off the scale, precise, malevolent, stunning balance, seamless, extraordinarily refreshing’. I don’t think there is any need to add more, but I will. The brightness and tension in 2021 The Descendant is entirely captivating. It brings a sense of drama and dynamism, elevating the experience to a different plane. While the dense, powerful, regal vintages always make their mark on my palate, I love these more gymnastic years, too. I feel slightly cowardly not awarding this wine a perfect score because there is nothing I can fault in its perfect assembly. Still, I reserve the right to adjust upwards in a few years if the mid-palate continues its journey towards textural greatness. Like The Steading and The Struie, I consider Descendant a great value wine in the Torbreck galaxy, even though it is some ninety pounds because it always offers a cosmic experience. So, I hope that when the prices are released it manages to stay this side of one hundred quid, because it is one of the most exciting ways I can think of spending this amount of money on a red wine. "

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Torbreck Vintners

David Powell share-farms the Torbreck 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.

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. Their whites are made from Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne.

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