Torbreck Vintners 'RunRig' 2010 Shiraz (Wine Advocate 100 Points)

2010 Torbreck ‘RunRig’ Shiraz-Monogram Tissue Wrapped & Packaged in Original Wooden Six Pack Cases;

The Wine Advocate (Lisa Perotti-Brown) – Rated 100 Points
“Deep garnet-black with a hint of purple to the colour, 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 flavours with firm, velvety tannins and seamlessly vibrant, lively acid. It finishes with incredible persistence. Delicious now.” Drink: 2016-2028+ Date Tasted Feb 14 2014. Cork Closure.

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Here Shiraz from old dry grown vineyards (60-140YO) is blended with viognier,complementing the strengths and complexities of these individual parcels of fruit, whilst giving the resulting wine a further dimension.
Each of the eight parcels of fruit were gently destemmed into both wooden & concrete open top fermenters where they were carefully nurtured for 6-7 days on skins. After basket pressing the wine was run directly into both new and old French barriques where they spent 30 months with one racking.
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.Tissue Wrapped,Cork Closure. (15.5% ABV)

One of the things that I most look forward to every year is putting together the final blend for RunRig. It’s our flagship wine that contains some magical fruit from 8 old (and ancient) vineyards located in the Southern, Western and Northern Barossa.
Contrary to popular belief, RunRig is not the ‘biggest’ wine we produce. In fact, as young wines, Descendant has more tannin and structure, and The Factor has more weight and body but neither has the detail and exquisite balance that is the hallmark of RunRig. It is a ‘Tête de Cuvée’ if you like; a barrel selection of our finest.
I have long believed in the viticultural resources in the Barossa Valley; certainly home to some of the world’s greatest vines and, due to the absence of Phylloxera, some of the most valuable clonal material too. We’ve come a long way since the first release of 140 cases in 1995 and in many ways RunRig is my tribute to the natural resources of the Barossa. Like all truly great wines it is authentic and a wine of origin that could not be made elsewhere.
It gives me great personal satisfaction that RunRig has been lauded by many of the world’s leading critics. Indeed, the world’s most influential critic, Robert Parker Jr recently gave RunRig 2003 a perfect score (100 points) during his recent visit to China.

The vineyard components of RunRig are those below:-
Hillside Vineyard – Oldest Vines 1890’s Lyndoch (Southern Barossa)
Phillipou Vineyard – Oldest Vines 1891 Rowland Flat (Southern Barossa)
Fowler Vineyard – Oldest Vines 1960’s Gomersal (South Western Barossa)
Renshaw Vineyard – Oldest Vines 1960’s Seppeltsfield (Western Barossa)
Helbig Vineyard – Oldest Vines 1950’s Marananga (North Western Barossa)
‘Moppa’ Vineyard – Oldest Vines 1890’s Moppa (Northern Barossa)
Schulz Vineyard – Oldest Vines 1950’s Kalimna (Northern Barossa)
Hoffmann Vineyard – Old Vines  Ebenezer (Far Northern Barossa)