An aromatic, structured and rich wine that draws comparisons to wines from France’s Cote Rotie. Dense and layered notes of ripe red fruit, berries and creme de cassis are nicely framed by hints of smoke and graphite. Firm tannins and lively acidity are nicely featured on the complex and persistent finish.
Wine Advocate 99 points - Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 RunRig opens with wonderful perfume, and though this label usually contains a splash of Viognier, which could account for the fragrant nose, it has none this vintage. Redolent of violets and blueberries it is very spicy with an undercurrent of anise and Indian spices muddled with mulberries. Taut and elegant on the palate, it gives plenty of concentrated fruit flavor with crisp acid and firm, fine tannins. It finishes long. Drink it from 2016 to 2030+. (Feb 2013)
Wine Spectator 95 points - Polished, ripe and seamless, playing out its layers and layers of dark berry, cherry, black olive and spice flavors on a rich, supple frame. The finish picks up mint and cream notes as it lingers effortlessly. A study in depth and opulence. Shiraz. Drink now through 2025. From Australia.—H.S. (Jun 12 2013)
One of Australia’s leading wineries, Torbreck Vintners was founded by David Powell in 1994. He affectionately named his winery “Torbreck” after a forest in Scotland where he once worked as a lumberjack. Torbreck produces wines exclusively from the most revered vineyards in the Barossa Valley, home to some of the oldest vines and clonal material in the world, thanks to its freedom from phylloxera. Red wines are produced from the classic Barossa varieties –Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro, using manual, traditional methods. White wines are produced from Semillon, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne.
The wines have been praised effusively since the beginning by the world’s leading wine critics, journalists and opinion leaders and are represented on the wine lists of the world’s best restaurants. In 2008 the completion of a state of the art, eco-friendly winery, packaging and administration building has meant the realization of David’s goal to have all Torbreck wines produced and bottled on the estate.
|The fruit was harvested from eight parcels, destemmed and then macerated on its skins in wooden and concrete open-top fermentors for 6-7 days. After basket pressing, the wine was aged in new and old French barriques for 30 months and racked just once.