Torbreck RunRig Shiraz 1998
"The 1998 Run Rig is a phenomenal wine...honeysuckle, blackberries, and spring flowers, full-bodied, concentrated flavors..." Robert Parker
|Grape Blend||Shiraz 97%; Viognier 3%|
Torbreck's RunRig 1998 vintage is the estate's flagship fine red wine, made from extremely old vines from eight separate premium Barossa Valley vineyard plots. The 1998 vintage was purchased in its original wooden cases.
The RunRig combines the sheer fruit intensity of some of the finest Shiraz vines of the Barossa with European elegance - the small percentage of Viognier adding real vitality - and hence the best of both worlds.
Torbreck is named after a forest in Scotland where winemaker David Powell once worked as a lumberjack.
"The 1998 Run Rig is a phenomenal wine. An inky/blue/purple color is followed by an incredibly intoxicating, endearing bouquet of peaches, honeysuckle, blackberries, and spring flowers, full-bodied, concentrated flavors that show slightly more depth and length than the 1997, and more velvety tannins than the 1996. This prodigious offering should continue to evolve for another decade or more." Robert Parker
"Saturated dark ruby to the rim. Flamboyantly nuanced nose combines cassis, black raspberry, peat, bitter chocolate, baking spices and suggestions of exotic fruits. Silky and glyceral in the mouth but with a firm spine of acidity giving the wine freshness and structure. Very complex flavors of crystallized berries, violet and game are lifted by the wine 3% viognier component. Truly coats the entire palate, with the thoroughly ripe tannins spreading out horizontally and the superripe but fresh fruit and floral flavors going on and on. An extraordinary shiraz that appears to be built to age." Stephen Tanzer