- BIN ENDS 2018
- BY the CASE
- WINE CHILLERS
96pts - James Halliday
"The bright hue & perfumed, spicy red berry bouquet run true to type for this modern classic, setting the bar for the co-fermented blend many years ago. It has a set of flavours that are unique, & can fool even expert tasters in blind tastings, its cross-thatched flavours need careful navigation to decide whether it's from Cote Rotie or Canberra." - James Halliday
"Torbreck’s flagship is the 2005 Run Rig, a 97% Shiraz cuvee sourced from 120- to 160-year-old vines with 3% finished Viognier added before bottling. It spent 30 months in 60% new French oak. Opaque purple/black in color, it has a kinky, exotic bouquet of fresh road tar, smoke, lavender, black pepper, game, blueberry, & black raspberry. Full-bodied & opulent on the palate, the wine is dense, packed, & unevolved. It will continue to open up over the next 10-12 years & drink well through 2040 in the style of a Chapoutier Hermitage. If it develops as I think it will, it will be a candidate for perfection down the road." - Robert Parker
"Firm, focused, highly aromatic & packed with flavor, offering floral accents to the dense blackberry, cherry & mineral flavors that linger on the refined finish, where the grip needs cellaring to loosen. Shiraz & Viognier. Best from 2011 through 2017." - Wine Spectator
"The flagship 2006 Run Rig is a blend of 95% Shiraz & 5% Viognier. A saturated purple color, it sends up a complex bouquet of cigar box, Asian spices, incense, bacon, plum, & blueberry. On the palate it admirably combines power & elegance. Layers of succulent fruit are nicely complemented by the wine’s generous framework." - Robert Parker
"A very fragrant bouquet attests to the influence of viognier, which also may be part of the reason why the palate does not show the high alcohol, & is simply supple and velvety, even showing a hint of spice." - James Halliday
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.
RunRig, although wonderfully aromatic, is a wine that exhibits so much power and latent richness that it could easily be mistaken for the hugely concentrated wines sourced from the sun drenched hill of Hermitage (the historic home of Syrah and some of the worlds most powerful and longest living wines).
Possessing a dense, saturated, almost ink like hue, the aromas of black raspberries, crème de cassis, smoke, graphite and melted tar soar from the glass. Full bodied with great intensity, amazing freshness and extraordinary concentration, the multi-layered palate displays the fruit purity that only the most fastidious farming can achieve.