Torbreck Vintners

RunRig Barossa Valley Shiraz

9.4122 ratings
9.326 pro ratings
Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
Shiraz
Top Notes For
Willem Jan Withagen

Thick wine with Sweet cherry, mocca blackberry cinnamon. Rhubarb Nice tang compensation. Extreme nice, but perhaps a bit expensive.

Thick wine with Sweet cherry, mocca blackberry cinnamon. Rhubarb Nice tang compensation. Extreme nice, but perhaps a bit expensive.

Jan 25th, 2019
Shay A
9.6

I was fortunate enough to attend the grand tasting at TexSom this year. Talk about a Who’s Who of the wine world! Incredible environment with beautiful wines.

My first time tasting RunRig...I get what the hype is about. Plush. Dark chocolate dusted dates, bay leaf, peppercorn, licorice and a velvet mouthfeel. Wonderful.

I was fortunate enough to attend the grand tasting at TexSom this year. Talk about a Who’s Who of the wine world! Incredible environment with beautiful wines.

My first time tasting RunRig...I get what the hype is about. Plush. Dark chocolate dusted dates, bay leaf, peppercorn, licorice and a velvet mouthfeel. Wonderful.

Aug 14th, 2018
Kyle Groombridge

Mmm, talk about sex appeal. These guys know how to make downright sexy Shiraz with density, power, and complexity without being cloying - even at 15.5%, it’s well hidden. The nose is wonderful, with nuances of ash and smoke, mocha and wild berries. The palate is unctuous, deep and delicious with supple black and blue fruits, but balancing acid. An iron-laden finish with red berries on the finish. Really good stuff.. still too young to properly evaluate as this has the stuffing to go for decades imo.

Mmm, talk about sex appeal. These guys know how to make downright sexy Shiraz with density, power, and complexity without being cloying - even at 15.5%, it’s well hidden. The nose is wonderful, with nuances of ash and smoke, mocha and wild berries. The palate is unctuous, deep and delicious with supple black and blue fruits, but balancing acid. An iron-laden finish with red berries on the finish. Really good stuff.. still too young to properly evaluate as this has the stuffing to go for decades imo.

Apr 20th, 2018
Petter Landström

2003- to start with, I'm not the biggest fan of Austrailian shiraz.

Really tied up on the nose in the beginning. Opens up with black fruits, charkuteries, smoke, chocolate, tobacco. Not that bad but doesnt really appeal to me. Taste similar notes as the nose but the fruit feels dusty and no real freshness left, the acidity doesnt really hold up. Not that impressed and this wine doesnt get me going.

2003- to start with, I'm not the biggest fan of Austrailian shiraz.

Really tied up on the nose in the beginning. Opens up with black fruits, charkuteries, smoke, chocolate, tobacco. Not that bad but doesnt really appeal to me. Taste similar notes as the nose but the fruit feels dusty and no real freshness left, the acidity doesnt really hold up. Not that impressed and this wine doesnt get me going.

1 person found it helpfulApr 27th, 2016
Brian Grech

Sulphur and hot rubber blew off immediately. Candy shop, cola candy, raspberry coulis, warm cherry pie, red pepper, paprika, salted plum, baking spices. Garnet color, long finish. At Bouchon Santa Barbara, paired with a boss rack of lamb. Best wine of the year, to the point of hedonic euphoria.

Sulphur and hot rubber blew off immediately. Candy shop, cola candy, raspberry coulis, warm cherry pie, red pepper, paprika, salted plum, baking spices. Garnet color, long finish. At Bouchon Santa Barbara, paired with a boss rack of lamb. Best wine of the year, to the point of hedonic euphoria.

1 person found it helpfulDec 29th, 2015
Dan Fredman

Chef Sommelier World of Pinot Noir

9.3

A wee bit precocious at this early stage if its development, but the stuffing offs there to make this a long term cellar candidate. I firmly believe that patience will be rewarded.

A wee bit precocious at this early stage if its development, but the stuffing offs there to make this a long term cellar candidate. I firmly believe that patience will be rewarded.

1 person found it helpfulMay 27th, 2015
John D'ell-Ross

It is early but could not pass this up on my Economy stopover in DXB - a bottle of this is almost the same price as my ticket 😎

It is early but could not pass this up on my Economy stopover in DXB - a bottle of this is almost the same price as my ticket 😎

Apr 11th, 2017
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

The "Run Rig" is more like a big rig. It's all dark cassis. Huge tannin structure, heavy expresso roast, bigger spice, noticeable cracked pepper, tarry, leathery, crushed rocks & dry darks florals. Fruits are; blackberries, blueberries and black plum once the long finish takes hold. It will be a few years before you start to see the red fruits come out of hiding. See you again in 10-15 years and will likely go 30 years. Featured in the photos is their main tasting room and that beautiful red Barossa soil on the estate.

The "Run Rig" is more like a big rig. It's all dark cassis. Huge tannin structure, heavy expresso roast, bigger spice, noticeable cracked pepper, tarry, leathery, crushed rocks & dry darks florals. Fruits are; blackberries, blueberries and black plum once the long finish takes hold. It will be a few years before you start to see the red fruits come out of hiding. See you again in 10-15 years and will likely go 30 years. Featured in the photos is their main tasting room and that beautiful red Barossa soil on the estate.

Apr 6th, 2017
Zach Cherry

Account Manager Worldwide Wine & Spirits

9.6

If you don't decant in a wide hip basin for at least 30 minutes, it won't blow out properly (comes off uber-fruity and disjointed with a burnt-clutch aroma), and you won't get the RunRig of legend. And it IS legendary. I drank the 2003, for reference. I think this is the greatest Aussie Shiraz I've had. There's every spice in the pantry, with gamey meats, smoke galore and juicy dark fruit (at least 3 different raspberry components). If you want something between Aussie and N. Rhone style, this is it. Those who say it is chemical or fruit bomb heavy haven't decanted it properly. This isn't my first RunRig. You just have to serve it right. And I normally dislike expensive Aussie Shiraz, for reference.

If you don't decant in a wide hip basin for at least 30 minutes, it won't blow out properly (comes off uber-fruity and disjointed with a burnt-clutch aroma), and you won't get the RunRig of legend. And it IS legendary. I drank the 2003, for reference. I think this is the greatest Aussie Shiraz I've had. There's every spice in the pantry, with gamey meats, smoke galore and juicy dark fruit (at least 3 different raspberry components). If you want something between Aussie and N. Rhone style, this is it. Those who say it is chemical or fruit bomb heavy haven't decanted it properly. This isn't my first RunRig. You just have to serve it right. And I normally dislike expensive Aussie Shiraz, for reference.

Sep 12th, 2016
Charles (Chad) Bucklin

Owner and founder of C. T. Bucklin Wine Advising

8.8

This coats every inch of your mouth with massive amounts of fruit, chocolate, alcohol, and tannin. This is a huge #fruitbomb but in a serious way. Not my cup of tea, especially without a cowboy ribeye to enjoy with it. #torbeck #barossavalley #shiraz #syrah #australia #ctbucklinwine

This coats every inch of your mouth with massive amounts of fruit, chocolate, alcohol, and tannin. This is a huge #fruitbomb but in a serious way. Not my cup of tea, especially without a cowboy ribeye to enjoy with it. #torbeck #barossavalley #shiraz #syrah #australia #ctbucklinwine

Aug 7th, 2016