2001 Torbreck - Run Rig 750ml

Australia - South Australia - Barossa Valley/ Red / Syrah   |     Watch

WA 99   WS 98   IWC 93   Collector 97
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

Constantly flirting with perfection, the 2001 Run Rig is a worthy successor to the blockbuster, surreal 1998. A blend of 97% Shiraz and 3% Viognier, this is Torbreck's flagship offering. Sadly, there are only 1,500 cases produced. Sourced from old vines, some close to 140 years of age, it is fashioned from four sectors of Barossa - Marananga, Koonunga Hill, Moppa, and Greenock. It spends 30 months in 60% new French oak before being bottled without fining or filtration. The powerful, full-bodied 2001 exhibits aromas of creme de cassis, blackberry liqueur, ink, espresso, graphite, and apricot marmalade. The impression on the palate is one of marvelous richness, expansive texture, a multi-layered skyscraper soaring across the palate with no heaviness. It is a tour de force in winemaking, but give it 2-3 years of bottle age, and drink it over the following 15-20+ years.

Drink Dates: 2006-2024
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 155

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 98

Amazingly supple, round and pure, smoothly polished to the point where the tannins almost disappear, but something is supporting the gorgeous blueberry, plum, mineral and subtle spice flavors to let them soar on and on through the extraordinarily long, fleshy finish. 1,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2008-2020
Author: Harvey Steiman

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

($145; shiraz with 3% viognier) Full medium ruby. Aromatic nose combines black raspberry, cassis, chocolate, pipe tobacco, flowers and fruitcake. Huge, thick and dense, with superripe yet bright flavors of crushed berries complicated by a saline quality. Superconcentrated shiraz with terrific depth and sweetness of flavor. Finishes with sweet tannins and superb persistence. A very impressive shiraz that's kept fresh by a piquant note of cranberry. Particularly strong in the context of the vintage. (The Australian Wine Connection, Carlsbad, CA)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 115

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 100
Author: CBS Wine
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 12/11/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2020
The first time in my life I would give 100 points to a wine. Simply amazing! I only wish I had 2 or 3 (dozen) more to taste over time. wow!

Rating: 98
Author: Anonymous Author
Tasted On: 02/05/2008
Drink Dates: 2009
delicious, must buy more

Rating: 94
Author: Scooter
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/30/2011
Very polished now, seems like it won't get much better, though plenty left. I felt it was a very good, but not great bottle. Very nice balance, good fruit, lacking a tad on the finish.

Average rating: 91, based on 6 reviews
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About This Producer

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.

Wine Varietal: Syrah

While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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