2009 Torbreck Shiraz RunRig

Year: 2009
Appellation: Barossa Valley
Country: Australia
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 99
Vinous Media: 96
James Suckling: 92
Jeremy Oliver: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
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"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." (WS)

"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+."(WA)

"(100% shiraz; 15% alcohol): Inky purple. Displays room-filling scents of dark fruit preserves, oak spices, violet pastille, cola and licorice, with a cracked pepper nuance adding lift. Deeply concentrated boysenberry and cassis flavors reach every corner of the palate and show superb energy and clarity for their power. Intensely perfumed and appealingly sweet on the finish, which features substantial but integrated tannins and persistent floral and fruitcake qualities. Built for the long haul, no question, but there's a lot of upfront sex appeal here as well; you could drink it now without guilt--or perhaps just a twinge." (VM)

"Full of dried raisins and Christmas cake character. Full body, lots of fruit, but turns fresh on the finish. More like an Amarone. Drink or hold." (JS)

"Marginally sweet and overcooked, with dark, meaty, treacle and currant-like aromas of spicy dark berries, plums and dark chocolates backed by briary, earthy nuances. Surprisingly elegant, with a sweet, confiture-like fruitfulness it’s framed by fine, dusty tannins and builds depth and intensity down the palate. A typical modern Torbreck, but showing a hint more fruit stress than the best of them, a likely result of the hot vintage." (JO)

Winery Notes:
The RunRig often draws comparison with the beautifully fragrant & tautly structured wines produced from the steep 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 Run Rigs.

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.