2010 Torbreck Shiraz RunRig

Year: 2010
Appellation: Barossa Valley
Country: Australia
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 100
Vinous Media: 96
James Halliday: 96
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.5%
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"Thick, dense and complex, with a layer of fine tannins swarming around a vibrant core of blueberry, plum and exuberant spice flavors that keep gaining momentum as they head into the long and powerful finish. This has presence and depth. Needs cellaring. Shiraz and Viognier. Best after 2016.—H.S" (WS)

"Deep garnet-black with a hint of purple to the color, the 2010 RunRig taunts at first with a slightly closed nose before it engages with subtle kirsch, preserved plum, dried mulberry and Christmas cake notes intermingled with hints of violets, cinnamon stick, mocha and game. Full-bodied, rich and incredibly concentrated, the palate astonishes with incredible poise for such a big style as it perfectly balances the wine’s generous fruit flavors with firm, velvety tannins and seamlessly vibrant, lively acid. It finishes with incredible persistence. Delicious now, it should drink best 2016 to 2028+. " (WA)

"($225) (97% shiraz with 3% viognier): Opaque purple. A wild, highly perfumed bouquet displays scents of dark berry liqueur, incense, violet candy, fruitcake and licorice. Densely packed, palate-staining blueberry and cassis flavors are complemented by exotic star anise and cola qualities and lifted and focused by juicy acidity. Shows serious intensity and power on the remarkably persistent finish, which features velvety tannins, echoing dark fruit character and lingering florality. As usual, this was one of the stars of my annual Australia tastings." (IWC)

"Deep purple-crimson; alcohol analysis can confuse, for the alcohol evident here seems little different to that of Descendant (15%), and the contribution of the viognier to the shiraz no less evident; the full-bodied palate is immensely rich and yet supple, the black and red fruits flowing through the length of the palate and into the aftertaste; oak and tannins are seamlessly welded into the fruit." (JH)

Winery Notes:
The RunRig has often drawn comparison with the beautifully fragrant & tautly structured wines produced from the steep slopes of the Northern Rhône Valley’s Appellation of Côte Rôtie.

2010 proved to be an impressive follow up to the stunning 2009 vintage for Torbreck, with the polarity of the vintages flaunted by the 09 and 10 RunRig’s. Where 2009 displayed high tone aromatics and purity of fruit the 2010 wines showcase darker, brooding characteristics and have great depth, power and structure. The wines have developed unhurriedly in barrel and have emerged still cloaking their true potential. The 2010 RunRig has beguiling presence and flow, is tightly structured and will probably outlive the 2009. We have returned to the small addition of Viognier for this release and it enlivens and completes the wine.

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 wines power is cloaked within its balance and concentration, surging forth as an expansive sensation- the way only the greatest wines can.

The 2010 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. Shiraz from old dry grown vineyards is blended with viognier, complementing the strengths and complexities of these individual parcels of fruit, whilst giving the resulting wine a further dimension.’ -David Powell