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Rating: 100
From: Barossa Valley, South Australia
Variety: Shiraz

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, it should drink best 2016 to 2028+. Lisa Perrotti-Brown NW

With the 2005 and 2008 Laird both receiving perfect scores over the last few years, this time it was our flagship 2010 RunRig.

After last year’s impressive 2009 RunRig receiving 99 points both the winery team, led by Craig and the vineyard team led by Jason were confident that this was the best RunRig ever made.

Many wineries around the world dream of getting one perfect score from Robert Parker. Craig and his team are in an amazing purple patch with three 100/100 in the last 4 years. Other top scores from this years Wine Advocate reviews includes: 
2010 THE FACTOR – 97+
2010 DESCENDANT – 96

and a true indication of the vineyard and winery teams skill and commitment to quality is a score of 92 POINTS for the 2011 STRUIE. To deliver a wine of that quality from what many called the most difficult vintage in 40 years shows how hard they work to attain perfection.

The 2010 RunRig, 2010 The Factor and 2010 Descendant are currently only available through our cellar door so please register your interest to purchase early as these wines will sell out.
Email cellardoor@torbreck.com

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Dave Powell’s simple philosophy of “great wines are made in the vineyard” leads to a laissez-faire approach. Traditional winemaking techniques comprising batch vinification in open concrete fermenters are combined with suitably offbeat ideas about the effects of ultra-violet and gravitational pull on the polymerisation of tannins, fermentation speeds and Baumé levels. The tiny (3%) Viognier component and the American oak-matured Shiraz pressings profoundly influence the aroma and flavour profile. The wine is matured in 40% new French oak for up to two and a half years. In this vintage, yields were only 1.5 tons of fruit per acre, and production was a minuscule 150 cases.

         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.

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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.

In 1995, three tons of grapes were crushed in an old milling shed on Powell’s 12-hectare Marananga property and fermented into the first vintage of Torbreck. The winery was named after a forest in Scotland where Powell had once worked as a woodcutter.

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.

“RunRig Shiraz, named after a Scottish distribution method of property, is derived from 80- to 140-year-old dry grown vineyards mostly located on the north-western fringe of the Barossa. The soils are primarily red-brown loams with a high proportion of clay. Typically the vines will crop at around three to five tonnes per hectare. Harvest is a few weeks later than normal to allow the tannins to reach optimum ripeness. Although this may translate to higher sugar content, it is never at the expense of freshness, intrinsic balance and vinosity,” Andrew Tierney from Torbreck explains.

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In July 2002 the historic Hillside property was acquired by Torbreck. Situated in Lyndoch, it is one of the original Barossa properties. Vast and picturesque it contains some magnificent old and ancient vineyards that will further our source of premium quality fruit. The Hillside property contains a wonderful native ecosystem that supports a myriad of flora and fauna. Plans are underway to restore Hillside to it's former glory and create wines to reflect the history and significance of this grand old property.

In June 2003 at the finish of vintage, we opened our cellar-door for sales. An original settlers hut, it has been lovingly restored and provides a personal touch and some Barossa warmth whilst you taste our wines. It is open daily and we welcome any visits.

A new winery and administration facility was completed in 2008 on land acquired from a next door neighbour. This enables our grapes to be made into wine using the best available equipment and then bottled 'on the estate' using our own bottling line. We now have complete control of all aspects of production that sees a new benchmark of wine quality established by us in the Barossa Valley.

In 2008 Torbreck Vintners was acquired by Pete Kight. Pete has wine interests in both the U.S. and Australia and is committed to ensuring the ongoing excellence of Torbreck wines. He truly believes that our best wines are yet to come.

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 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Torbreck . In a tasting of  8 wines 

It's truly amazing how big Napa cabs can deliver full enjoyment at their very young stage. In a blind tasting I was sure that the wines were from late 2000s, not late 2010s! So smooth and well-integrated and harmonous. Pure pleasure!    

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 Jeremy Oliver, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Torbreck . In a tasting of  15 wines 

Penfolds Bin 111A Shiraz 2016 (Clare Valley, Barossa Valley, $1500, 14.5%) A deep, alluring perfume of dark berries, cassis and dark plums knit with smoky, tight-gained French oak slowly unfolds meaty, chocolatey and ferrous undertones backed by suggestions of mint and iodide. Underpinned by a textural, gravelly spine, its layered, densely packed palate of black, red and blue fruits extends with energy, harmony and style towards a measured, lingering finish. There’s an underlying hint of dark chocolate and roasting tray. It will age slowly, developing remarkable grace and elegance.      
19.5/20, 98/100, drink 2046-2056+

2y 9d ago

 David Clarke / Sommelier, Pro (South Africa)  tasted  1 wines  from  Torbreck . In a tasting of  6 wines 

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 Tim Pearson, Wine Merchant (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Torbreck . In a tasting of  59 wines 

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Astralis is still quite primary eliciting aromas of black plums, blueberry compote and blackcurrant liqueur with a savory and baking spice undercurrent plus a fragrant whiff of violets. Very structured, fine and complex in the medium to full-bodied mouth, this wine is revealing much more than when I first tasted it a year ago and is now showing layer upon layer of black fruit preserves, mocha, toast and spices before finishing with great length.

3y 5m ago

 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Torbreck . In a tasting of  37 wines 

Main Ridge “Half Acre” Pinot Noir 2007 / Tasting this, after the glorious 2005, was interesting. At this stage, the older wine is the superior wine but one has to wonder whether or not, in three to five years, that the 2007 won't take the honours.

It is ripe, concentrated, tight and with plush fruits from the dark fruit end of the spectrum. Some spice and forest floor notes as well. Good acidity. At this stage, it looks considerably younger than the 2005 – the difference is quite noticeable.

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3y 6m ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Torbreck . In a tasting of  45 wines 

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3y 9m ago

 Guo Ying / Sommelier, Pro (China)  tasted  1 wines  from  Torbreck . In a tasting of  14 wines 

Château Lynch-Bages 2005 / Dark, purple colour. Very open and complex nose revealing, cassis, capsicum, coffee and mintiness. The very same aromas as Mouton has on the nose. Opulent medium-bodied wine with extraordinary concentration and a chewy texture. Ripe round tannins with a mouthwatering acidity and intense dark fruitiness. Flavour shows dark chocolate and hints of anise. Very intense and long finish. Absolutely gracious wine with a long life ahead. Further bottle ageing of 10-15 years will enhance the charm of the wine.

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5y 2m ago

 Stuart George, Wine Merchant (United Kingdom)  tasted  6 wines  from  Torbreck . In a tasting of  6 wines 

“Torbreck 2005 RunRig / 1,200 cases produced. Typically RunRig’s Shiraz is sourced from eight vineyards across the Barossa, mostly named for their owner: the Descendant and Renshaw (both at Marananga) and Hillside (at Lyndoch), all owned by Torbreck; the Phillipou Vineyard at Rowland Flat; the Fowler Vineyard at Gomersal; the Moppa Vineyard at Moppa; the Schulz Vineyard at Kalimna; and the Hoffmann Vineyard at Ebenezer. Powell thinks that this is “the easiest wine to make,” basket-pressed and then aged in new and old (usually 60/30) French barriques for 30 months. For the final blend, 3–5% of Viognier is added. Powell cautions “Viognier gives nice aromatics but it can dilute the wine” though with this bottling “Viognier really changes the personality; it becomes RunRig.” After the super-intense 2004, this 2005 is a welcome return to the more elegant and less-oaked late-1990s vintages, more fragrant than the other Torbreck wines, and perhaps just with a bit more length too. “Contrary to popular belief, RunRig is not the ‘biggest’ wine we produce,” says Powell. “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 Cuvêe, if you like; a barrel selection of our finest.”
SCORE 94 ”

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