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2004 Torbreck Shiraz RunRig

  • 99 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • 90 JR
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SKU: 59985-2004-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    ($225; 95% shiraz and 5% viognier) Inky ruby. Hugely aromatic, pungent bouquet of dark berries, kirsch, fresh flowers, licorice and minerals. Expansive dark fruit flavors completely suffuse the palate and are brightened by vibrant notes of fresh flowers and graphite. Wonderfully creamy in texture, with no rough edges. Tannins slowly sneak in on the finish, adding structure to this dramatically concentrated, sappy shiraz. The persistence of fruit here is amazing.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: July/August 2007
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    96.5% Shiraz, 3.5% Viognier. Each of the eight parcels of fruit were destemmed into both wooden and concrete open top fermenters where they were spent six to seven days on skins. After basket pressing the wine was run directly into both new and old French barriques, where they spent 30 months with minimal racking. During the final assemblage, a small addition (3.5%) of estate-grown Viognier was added and the wine was later bottled without filtration or fining. Dark and smudgy. Very ripe dark fruit but also earthy and peppery. Rich and powerful but also juicy and voluptuous. Slightly stemmy but I think this will become more complex with time. RS 4.3 g/l, TA 6.81 g/l, pH 3.62, (JH)
    Author: Julia Harding MW
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Firm in texture, this is raw around the edges but very juicy underneath, brimming with blueberry, blackberry and a distinct floral note from the Viognier. The finish lingers effortlessly against fine, crisp tannins. Shiraz and Viognier. Best from 2010 through 2020. 900 cases made.
    Author: Harvey Steiman
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

    The flagship 2004 Run Rig is 96.5% Shiraz and 3.5% Viognier with the Shiraz component aged for 30 months in a mixture of new and used French oak. Yields were a minuscule 14 hl/ha (about 1 ton per acre). Saturated opaque purple/black, it has a remarkably kinky, exotic perfume of fresh asphalt, pencil lead, smoke, pepper, game, blueberry and black raspberry. Full-bodied and voluptuous in the mouth, the wine is dense and packed, with amazing purity, sweet tannins, and a complex collection of sensory stimuli. The wine demands 10 years of cellaring and will provide hedonistic delights through 2035+. Torbreck, under the leadership of owner/winemaker David Powell, remains a Barossa Valley benchmark as well as one of the world's greatest wine estates. The top cuvees are limited production and expensive but there are also some outstanding values in the portfolio. With regard to the current vintages for the Barossa red wines, David Powell states '2004 is more savory while 2005 has more purity and definition. 2004 is more classic, 2005 will take longer to come around.ƒ?_
    Author: Jay Miller
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Yamadori
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Author: tiberite
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Author: tukun
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Decanted for 3 hours. Beautiful nose of deep black cherries, fudge, and eggnog (?). Body was perfectly balanced -- deep dark fruits, flowers, with a hint of tar and wave after wave of flavors. Finish was lush and lasted over 60+ seconds. This wine was hitting on all cylinders tonight.
    Author: TMac
  • Self | Rating:

    missing - presumed drunk
    Author: gotwine
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Nearly perfect. Seriously compares to Penfolds Grange.
    Drink Dates: 2013-2025
    Author: ebgreenb
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

  • 605 bottles owned
  • 132 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 98
    (Out of 132 collectors)