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  • Country ranking ?

    49
  • Producer ranking ?

    3
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now-2030
  • Food Pairing

    Lamb

The Story

RunRig is the flagship wine of the Australian Torbreck Vintners. Formed in 1994 in the historical hamlet of Marananga, Torbreck has quickly become one of the Barossa Valley’s leading wine producers. Since those first wines were released, they have attracted universal acclaim and are now highly prized by wine connoisseurs around the world. Still, Torbreck is a privately owned and operated company, following the philosophy, direction and passionate beliefs of the founder winemaker David Powell. Accordingly, this is more than just a story about producing fine wine; it also illustrates how a unique relationship between a region’s heritage and its old vineyards can be reinvigorated by one person’s vision and enthusiasm.

 

         It was in the early 1990s that the idea of Torbreck began to take shape. Initially, David was saddened by the government-sponsored “vine pull”, but he was also convinced that a market existed for old Rhône styles. He set about approaching local landowners concerning their neglected properties. Nearly lifeless and overgrown, the old vines were nurtured back to health and Powell was rewarded with a few small parcels of dry grown fruit, which he turned into wine. Contracts were then negotiated for the use of the vineyards, and so the old practice of share farming returned to the Valley.  This secured for Torbreck a regular supply from the best Barossa Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro (Mourvedre) vineyards containing some of the oldest vines in the world.

         As the fruits of the first vintages lay in barrel, Powell realised that the Valley may have overlooked the suitability of the French white Rhône varieties. Consequently in 1994, 30 acres of land in Marananga was purchased for the sole purpose of planting Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier and Shiraz, whilst other acquisitions included a 100-year-old vineyard that had previously been share farmed.

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Vintage 1998

Blend: 95% Shiraz & 5% Viognier

Vineyard: North Western Barossa Valley (up to 140 year old vines)

This Shiraz cuvee spends 30 months in 100% new French Oak, and 5% Viognier, fermented and aged for 6 months in barrel is added to the blend just prior to bottling
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RunRig – Torbreck

RunRig is the flagship wine of the Australian Torbreck Vintners. Formed in 1994 in the historical hamlet of Marananga, Torbreck has quickly become one of the Barossa Valley’s leading wine producers. Since those first wines were released, they have attracted universal acclaim and are now highly prized by wine connoisseurs from around the world. Yet, Torbreck is still a privately owned and operated company, following the philosophy, direction and the passionate beliefs of the Founder Winemaker David Powell. Accordingly, this is more than just a story about producing fine wine. For this also illustrates how a unique relationship between a region’s heritage and its old vineyards can be reinvigorated by one person’s vision and enthusiasm.
It was in the early 1990’s that the idea of ‘Torbreck’ started to take shape. Initially, David was saddened by the government sponsored ‘Vine Pull’, but he was also convinced a market existed for old vine Rhone styles and he set about approaching local landowners concerning their neglected properties. Nearly lifeless and overgrown, he nurtured these old vines back to health and was rewarded with a few small parcels of dry grown fruit, which he turned into wine. Contracts were then negotiated for the use of these vineyards, and so the old practice of share farming returned to the Valley. This secured for Torbreck a regular supply of the best Barossa Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro (Mourvedre) vineyards containing some of the oldest vines in the world.

As the fruits of the first vintages lay in barrel, David realized that the Valley could have overlooked the suitability of the French white Rhone varieties. Consequently in 1994, 30 acres of land in Marananga was purchased for the sole purpose of planting, Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier and Shiraz, whilst other acquisitions included a one hundred year old vineyard that had been previously share farmed.

In 1995, three tons of grapes were crushed in an old milling shed on Dave’s 12-hectare Marananga property and fermented into the first vintage of “Torbreck”. David named the winery after a forest in Scotland where he had once worked as a woodcutter.
By the end of 1999, Torbreck had access to more than 250 acres of prime vineyard in the Barossa Valley.
The full range of Torbreck wines are both expressions of the Barossa finest and oldest vines and the Rhone orientated philosophy that has so captivated David Powell. The gentle handling and crafting of the wines in the cellar and the intensely rich flavors that emanate from these dry grown Barossa old vines are the hallmarks for which Torbreck has become known.
David’s philosophy is the culmination of his experiences and the belief that “by sourcing great quality fruit, you encapsulate the character of the vine”. This philosophy forms the backbone of Torbreck’s non-interventionist winemaking style, where the goal is to keep the wine clean and balanced between rich, ripe fruit and a subtle, harmonious use of oak.

Torbreck wines respect the soil, the old vines, the climate and the heritage of the Barossa Valley in South Australia. The majority of our vines are between 50 – 125 years old, with our oldest vineyards between 140-153 years old.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

<10 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep and Opaque

flavors

Blackcurrant, Blueberry, Violet and Chocolate

nose

Refined

taste

High alcohol content, Concentrated and Full-bodied

Written Notes

Run Rig 1998 - 98 points / A substantial wine, traditional in many ways but amazingly up to date as well. Very dark and bright in colour. A wide, ripe and open nose with wild mushrooms, blackberry, cherry, pepper and cherbs aromas. Full-bodied and well-balanced with silky tannins and exotic fruit that goes on and on. This Aussie is a grand, sumptuous and concentrated and will not get any better with time. Which is good, because it is hard to resist now.
  • 98p
Opaque, blueberry colour. Medium intense, medicinal, dark chocolate, cocoa, violets, spirity Port-like nose, less complex but refined and deep. Full-bodied, intense jammy cassis fruitiness, dark chocolate, cocoa, ripe big tannins, long chocolatey finish. High alcohol, lack of vividness. Drinking well now and not a wine to long ageing. Thick and intense. Little disturbing alcohol. Super concentrated wine.
  • 91p

Information

Origin

Tanunda, Barossa Valley

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

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 Wallace Shawn / Wine Investing Consult, Wine Dealer (Luxembourg)  tasted  RunRig 1998  ( Torbreck )

"Run Rig 1998 - 98 points / A substantial wine, traditional in many ways but amazingly up to date as well. Very dark and bright in colour. A wide, ripe and open nose with wild mushrooms, blackberry, cherry, pepper and cherbs aromas. Full-bodied and well-balanced with silky tannins and exotic fruit that goes on and on. This Aussie is a grand, sumptuous and concentrated and will not get any better with time. Which is good, because it is hard to resist now. "

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 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  RunRig 1998  ( Torbreck )

"Opaque, blueberry colour. Medium intense, medicinal, dark chocolate, cocoa, violets, spirity Port-like nose, less complex but refined and deep. Full-bodied, intense jammy cassis fruitiness, dark chocolate, cocoa, ripe big tannins, long chocolatey finish. High alcohol, lack of vividness. Drinking well now and not a wine to long ageing. Thick and intense. Little disturbing alcohol. Super concentrated wine."

4y 9m ago

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