95 Points –
Distinctive and effusive, brimming with violet, white pepper, chai tea and peppermint oil notes, set on a dense frame, with thick tannins. Details of dark chocolate–covered coffee bean, cigar box and minerality gain momentum on the long, expressive finish. Shiraz and Viognier. Drink now through 2034.
– Maryann Worobiec, Wine Spectator Insider
This single vineyard, located next to our winery block on Roennfeldt Road, was planted in 1994 with cuttings taken from our RunRig grower vineyards – some of the oldest genetic vine material in Australia. – Torbreck.com
When Torbreck co-fermented this “descendant” Shiraz with Viognier, it was a first in the Barossa – now they have been joined by many others, a testament to the success of this Rhone blend.
Shiraz is crushed straight on top of Viognier, which has been lightly pressed for RunRig, and the blend of fruit is then co-fermented. Maturation over 18 months is in barrels that have previously been used for RunRig.
The deep red clay soils in this vineyard produce fruit that has a glorious perfume, a savoury flavour and a satin-like texture.