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 world’s 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.
The gorgeously opulent, perfumed and densely concentrated Torbreck RunRig Shiraz dramatically challenged traditional thought. It has earned a remarkable reputation among collectors worldwide for its integrity, individuality, riot of aromas and voluptuous richness.– Andrew Callard MW
…this is groundbreaking RunRig. It is presidential…profound, considered and complete – Matthew Jukes, ‘100 Best Australian Wines 2017/18
Rich with so much character and intensity – James Suckling, July 2017
…this is the best young RunRig I can remember tasting in a long time: utterly seductive perfumed black fruit pours out of the glass, inviting you to take a sip and luxuriate in the wine’s mouth-filling but wonderfully balanced flavour and firm but supple grip. If I were a cynical sort, I’d suspect this wine is the main game for Torbreck… – Max Allen, Financial Review, June 2018
I tasted 2015 RunRig shortly after it was bottled and it looked incredible. Totally alive and exquisitely wild, with vibrancy and lift propelling this wine forwards, it is an awesome RunRig. Red fruit fleetingly appears in among the black and the tannins are heroic. Superstar winemaker Ian Hongell reported that it was one of the most complex blending exercises that he has ever done. The oak is amazing and the power is perfectly controlled and measured. It is not as powerful or as raucous as previous vintages and this level of restraint is further enhanced by the vibrancy and completeness found throughout the experience. The tannin profile alone is terrific. This is a landmark wine for Torbreck and like the others in this piece, it shows a glimpse of the next chapter for this imperious winery. Needless to say it gained a nosebleed 19.5/20 in my notes. – Matthew Jukes
100 Points – A blend of 98% Shiraz and 2% Viognier made just prior to bottling, the 2016 RunRig is a complete masterpiece. It kicks off with elegant notes of pencil shavings accenting blueberries and blackberries on the nose, then shows incredible, palate-staining intensity fruit in the mouth. It’s full-bodied, plush and velvety without being unstructured and manages to be fruit-forward yet savoury on the long-lasting finish, where it picks up hints of mocha and black olives. This should be drinkable with pleasure throughout its entire two-decade life. – Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker Wine Advocate
96 Points –
Restrained and elegant, opening up with ripe black and red fruit flavours. Touches of black licorice and black walnut liqueur plump up the sense of concentration. The tannins are dense but polished, never getting in the way of the harmony. Elements of clove and tobacco emerge on the finish. Shiraz and Viognier.
Drink now through 2039.
— Maryann Worobiec, Wine Spectator Insider