99 Points - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Torbreck continues to take advantage of dry-grown, old vines to make some of the Barossa's most demanded wines. Little introduction is needed to Torbreck's RunRig; a wine that sits alongside Penfolds Grange and Henschke Hill of Grace to form a trio of iconic South Australian Shiraz.
The 2018 Torbreck RunRig is another masterpiece of Barossa Shiraz; a blend of 98% Shiraz and 2% Viognier made just prior to bottling. It kicks off with elegant notes of pencil shavings accenting blueberries and blackberries on the nose, then shows incredible, palate-staining intensity of fruit in the mouth. Full-bodied, plush and velvety whilst still maintaining impeccable structure and appealing savouriness on the impressively long finish. A wine that's already attracting plenty of interest, our limited remaining stocks will sell out fast.
"99 Points. Torbreck’s 2018 RunRig needs a bit of air right now, as the nose and palate truly open up and expand after a while in the glass. Unlike some vintages, it’s rather tight and cedary upon first pour, then relaxes to reveal hints of stone fruit, blueberries, cherries, pastry crust and baking spices. In the mouth, it’s full-bodied and concentrated, richly textured and marked by ripe tannins, which leave behind a velvety, mouth-coating finish tinged with licorice and dark berries. While approachable now - and even damn enjoyable-it deserves another several years in the cellar."- Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate.
"98 Points. Very deep red/purple colour, with a more reserved bouquet of black fruits, dark chocolate and licorice, the latter coming through more strongly on the palate. It's full-bodied and richly-flavoured, with ample tannins that run the full length of the palate leaving a cleansing but balanced after-grip. Superb intensity, line and length; not a blockbuster but full-bodied and beautifully modulated. Lots of chocolate-mocha and blackberry on the finish. A cracker of a wine and a very stylish RunRig."- Huon Hooke, The Real Review.
David Powell established the iconic Torbreck in 1994 by offering to nurse back to health a number of neglected old vines he had found when he was working for Rockford.
This share-crop arrangement allowed Powell to make his first wine under the Torbreck label which was named after a forest in Scotland where he had worked as a lumberjack. The Torbreck wines are based on the classic Barossa varieties of Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro and also small quantities of Roussanne, Marsanne & Viognier.
Torbreck has an enviable collection of growers around the Barossa & Eden Valleys with vines aged from 10 years old (which would go into Woodcutters Shiraz) to 160 years old (The Run Rig). The house style at Torbreck is a seamless balance of richness and finesse, the wines are always fresh and vibrant with underlying power and drive.
These are world class red wines and a benchmark for the Barossa Valley.
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