Descendent 2020
Torbreck Vineyards



An incredible creation! Thrilled to inform you that it can be approached and enjoyed immediately, but will continue to improve for many years to come

Descendent 2020
Ready, but will improve

When Torbreck co-fermented this “descendant” Shiraz with Viognier, it was a first in the Barossa – now joined my many others, it is a testament to the success of this Rhone blend.

The 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 20 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.

Australian wine critic Matthew Jukes has adored this wine for years and has have often sung its praises from the rooftops.  However, he never thought it could capture his senses in the way it does with the 2020.  

He describes it as 'a raptor on nose and palate, locking on without a moment’s hesitation, there is an insane iodine and black fruit perfume here that conjures up images of the most dementedly talented parfumier going to work with the rarest musks and scents imaginable.  The sense of heady Balkan tobacco alone is hypnotic. I have waited a long time for this wine to move from ‘high-gold’ level to perfection and this graduation happened in one fell swoop in 2020.  So few Syrahs/Shirazes on the planet can do what this wine does, both from an aromatic standpoint and from a sheer hedonistic and seductive stance'

Wine Critics Ratings:

20/20 Matthew Jukes

96/100 WIne Advocate Robert Parker

Cellaring Potential: 2023 - 2040

Food Pairing suggestions: Pair with forest game, slow braised dishes, Lamb, mushrooms or truffles.

Serve at 16C