2014 Torbreck Shiraz RunRig

Year: 2014
Appellation: Barossa Valley
Country: Australia
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 97+
Vinous Media: 95
James Suckling: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
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"Dark and dense, offering a toothsome mix of black licorice, loam, wild blackberry and black tea notes. The details start coming in on the finish, adding complexity and some momentum, with cigar box, Szechuan peppercorn and Turkish coffee elements lingering. Shiraz and Viognier. Drink now through 2030. 500 cases made. -MW" (WS)

"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Run Rig opens with a bang, delivering intense fruits of the forest and blackberry preserve notes with hints of sandalwood, cardamom, dried Provence herbs, Indian spices and garrigue. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and oh, so satisfying, the beauty ticks all the great Barossa Shiraz boxes and then some. It is still relatively primary, so I’d recommend giving it another 2-3 years at least in bottle and drink it over the next 20+." (WA)

"(45 percent new French oak) Youthful purple. Powerful, mineral-accented blackberry, boysenberry and floral oil aromas are complemented by hints of cola, licorice and woodsmoke. Sweet and impressively concentrated, offering intense dark berry, cherry liqueur, spicecake and violet pastille flavors sharpened by a jolt of zesty minerality. Rich yet energetic as well, finishing with superb clarity and dusty tannins that build steadily and smoothly." (VM)

"This shows lots of grilled meat, spice, hints flower petal and bark. Full body, velvety and rich. A very pretty and delicious finish. Drink now." (JS)

Winery Notes:
"RunRig often draws comparison with the beautifully fragrant and tautly structured wines from the steep slopes of the Northern Rhône Valley’s Appellation of Côte Rôtie."

Shiraz from old dry grown Barossa vineyards is blended with Viognier, complementing the strengths and complexities of these individual parcels of fruit, whilst giving the resulting wine a further dimension.

Although wonderfully aromatic, RunRig also exhibits a power and latent richness making it more akin to the hugely concentrated wines sourced from the sun drenched hill of Hermitage – the historic home of Syrah and some of the world’s most powerful and longest living wines.

Torbreck is the name of a forest near Inverness, Scotland. You’ll find more than a passing nod to the Celts in our wine naming conventions including this reference to the “RunRig” system of land distribution among Highland clansmen. Their widely dispersed holdings were managed communally rather than as any one farm…not unlike this complementary blend of Shiraz and Viognier making the sum of the parts greater than the whole.