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2002 Torbreck Shiraz RunRig

  • 99 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • 90 JR
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SKU: 59985-2002-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    ($200; includes 3% viognier) Saturated, inky, opaque ruby. A ripe, roasted, porty black hole of a nose. Impossibly ripe, musky, dense aromas of dark cherry, cassis compote, blackberry confit, molasses, fruitcake, violet pastille, licorice and candied rose petal. Thick to the point of being a solid, or at least a colloid, with dense, inky, even resinous flavors of bitter chocolate, creme de mure, coffee liqueur, licorice and black cardamom, accompanied by a spice rack of accents. The finish seems to never let go, which in this case is a good thing. Sticky, palate-staining and amazingly dense, a monument to this style of syrah. (The 2002 Descendant, reviewed in Issue 115, rated 91 points on my most recent tasting.)
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: July/August 2005
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Feels a bit reticent, with a shy range of aromas and tightly packed blueberry, plum and cherry flavors that pop right through the finish, extending into a long, generous aftertaste. Tightly wound now; needs cellaring. Shiraz and Viognier. 1,500 cases made.
    Author: Harvey Steiman
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

    The 2002 Run Rig (97% Shiraz and 3% Viognier aged in 100% new French oak) represents the essence of old vine Barossa fruit. Extraordinarily opulent and rich, but playing it closer to the vest than the 2001, it gets my nod as one of the most remarkable wines made in either the Southern or Northern Hemisphere. An inky/purple color is accompanied by a sumptuous bouquet of apricots, honeysuckle, black raspberries, blackberries, licorice, and a hint of roasted meats. The wood has been soaked up by the wine's extraordinary concentration. Fashioned from four sectors of Barossa (Maranaga, Koonunga Hill, Moppa, and Greenock), it spent 30 months in primarily new oak, and was bottled without fining or filtration.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    This lauded wine is made from Shiraz vines of between 100 and 156 years old, apparently, and contains 3 per cent Viognier, right from the pioneering first vintage 1995.You can certainly smell the Viognier on the nose. The wine is incredibly full, rich and sweet with a sensation of wild purple fruit flavours and more than a hint of elderberries. Subtle it ain't, and it's still disjointed on the palate but it's amazingly persistent and vibrant. I can quite see why it has such a devoted following ? and an incredibly wide distribution at around $200 a bottle.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Dan McD
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: rcl
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Author: RhoneRanger
  • Self | Rating:

    In the year since I last checked in on this wine, it has closed up as tight as a drum. On the first night after a decant (into a Riedel Sommelier decanter) and two hour sit the only aromas I could coax up were vague pepperiness (black) and |stems|: the wine tasted and smelled as if it were fermented with plenty of stems. I've had more than my fair share of RunRigs and I've never thought it was stemmy but this bottle right now seems very stemmy. While the greeness was offputting, the wine's formidable concentration was extremely impressive. After letting about two glasses worth sit for 24 hours in the decanter, the stemminess for the most part blew off. However aromatically the wine remained dumb. The wine's extreme power is undeniable - and after 24 hours there is some lovely, quite velvety fruit with zero degradation in the mouth - but the greeness worries me. I've got 11 bottles left so hopefully this rather weird bottle was an anomaly. One thing is for certain: this wine needs significant cellar time. NR
    Drink Dates: 2015-2025
    Author: Daniel B
Torbreck Vintners was founded by David Powell in 1994. Although located in Australia's Barossa Valley, the name comes from a forest in Scotland where Powell previously worked as a lumberjack before becoming a winemaker. Torbreck's production is centered around the classic Barossa Valley varieties of Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro (Mourvedre), and the winemaking philosophy is based on David's love for the wines of France's Rhone Valley. Along with many intensely flavored red wines blended from old-vine Shiraz and Grenache, Torbreck also produces white wines from Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne.
More than half of all Australian wine production takes place in the South Australia region—home to the Shiraz-specializing Barossa Valley as well as revered Riesling zones Clare Valley and Eden Valley. South Australia is too large and diverse to generalize about climate or topography, with both cooler coastal areas and warmer inland sections—but rainfall is generally low throughout and drought is a constant concern. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 759 bottles owned
  • 157 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 157 collectors)