The RunRig has drawn comparison with the beautifully fragrant & tautly structured wines produced from the slopes of the Northern Rhône Valley's Appellation of Côte Rôtie.
2009 proved to be a stunning vintage for Torbreck and this RunRig promises to be one of the best we have ever made. The growing season was ideal during flowering and fruit set and some shatter in the shiraz restricted yields in some of our key blocks. A heat wave in late January and early February was followed by perfectly mild and dry conditions, allowing the vines to recover and the fruit to ripen slowly. Through this period we were patient allowing us to pick our old vine RunRig parcels when they were flawlessly ripe. These factors culminated in the development of some incredible aromatics in the wine, so much so that we decided the shiraz in 2009 did not require its usual addition of viognier.
The tannin structure is beautiful and the wine flows effortlessly from wonderful perfume to a lithe, dense and complex palate. This wine will prove to be one of the truly great RunRigs.
- SA - Barossa
- South Australia
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. Rating 99 - Drink: 2016-2030 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate Date Tasted: Feb 13
This is larger than life, super concentrated, black-fruited, dark and essency shiraz, befitting of maker David Powell; whilst the concentration is staggering, the underlying tannins and freshness provides length, complexity and interest. Make no mistake this is big end of town, take no prisoners old vine shiraz pushed to the limit. Rating 95 - Drink by 2025 James Halliday, The Wine Companion
Polished, ripe and seamless, playing out its layers and layers of dark berry, cherry, black olive and spice flavours on a rich, supple frame. The finish picks up mint and cream notes as it lingers effortlessly. A study in depth andopulence. Shiraz. Rating 95 - Drink now through 2025. Wine Spectator
Winery Tasting Notes
The delightful aromatics are released as soon as the wine is de-corked, with layers of raspberries, apricots and crème de cassis cloaking subtle hints of black olive and cherry. A dark, rich and concentrated palate flows from black fruits into brooding anise and dark chocolate and is bound by tight, grainy tannin. This wine possesses a multitude of different facets and nuances that will constantly change and evolve.
Although extremely intense, the wine’s power is cloaked within its balance and concentration, surging forth as an expansive sensation- the way only the greatest wines can.
The 2009 RunRig will greatly reward those with patience.
‘The Highland clans used a “RunRig” system to distribute land amongst their clansmen in a series of widely dispersed holdings. The emphasis not on any one farm, but rather the communal element of the whole.’ David Powell