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Professional Ratings: 93 The Wine Advocate, 90 Australian Wine Companion
Region: Barossa Valley, Australia
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 15%
Item no. 123621
The 2008 Descendant is another impressive release of this wine, the color 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.
Blend: 92% Shiraz, 8% Viognier
Deep garnet colored with a touch of purple, the 2008 The Descendent (Shiraz blended with a little Viognier) offers aromas of warm blackberry preserves, stewed plums, prunes, mulberries and coffee underlying hints of black olives and soy. Big, powerful and opulently fruited in the full bodied mouth, it’s packed with dried fruit and savory flavors and well supported by a medium level of velvety tannins and crisp acid. It finishes long and spicy.
Impenetrable in colour and character, with lashings of black fruit, accentuated by dried apricot and cinnamon; the palate is dense and incredibly ripe, even overstepping the mark, yet the finish remains relatively fresh and fragrant.