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2006 Torbreck Australian (Red Blend) "Descendant"

Winery: Torbreck

Vintage: 2006

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Descendant"

Wine Category: Australian (Red Blend)

Grape blend: 92% Shiraz & 8% Viognier

Region: Barossa Valley

State or country: Australia

Price: $89

Cases produced: 900

KWG Score: 95.3 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Excellent (97.99-94)

Review date: March 5, 2008

Wine Review: Until I tried the Run Rig, this wine was clearly the best wine of the day. This gem was Excellent! This very dark purple wine is almost black in color. On the nose it has a wonderful bouquet. There were pleasant apricot scents from the Viognier and blackberry notes as well. On the palate, this full bodied wine is smooth as silk, well balanced, and absolutely delicious. There are black current flavors with a touch of black pepper. The finish is dry, shows very fine tannins, and has excellent length. This wine is very food friendly and elegant and would pair perfectly with a filet mignon. Enjoy it, I did! - Ken

Winemaker Notes: The 2006 Descendant is another impressive release of this wine, the colour making that immediately apparent; completely black/purple with healthy, vibrant magenta hues. A pure, wild, powerful nose of blackberry and tar is complimented by a gentle floral lift of lavender and violets. Full-bodied with great concentration, silky tannins and perfectly judged extract, this vigorous and suave young wine has a long, long future ahead of it. "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" - David Powell

Organic status: not organic

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