2018 Torbreck Run Rig
Produced from a blend of 98% Shiraz and 2% Viognier sourced from the Lyndoch, Rowland Flat, Moppa, Ebenezer, Light Pass and Greenock districts of Barossa Valley. The wine was matured in a combination of new (50%) and older French barriques for a period of 30 months.
Magnificent depth of colour featuring an impenetrable inky black heart and an equally deep black dark red hue. Soring from the glass are intoxicating scents of dark plum, liquorice and black cherry which are interwoven with hints of ripe apricot, vanillin cedar, exotic herbs and spicy fennel. Rich, large scaled and super concentrated the silky textured palate has definite Viognier influence to it. A deep well of plush dark plum, liquorice, black cherry and apricot fruits engulfs every corner of the mouth with elements of vanillin oak, fennel and spicy pepper adding complexity onto the back half. A dash of blueberry lends freshness and velvety tannins have an underlying firmness. Concludes with outstanding power and a long super seductive aftertaste.
Drink over the next 10-15 years.
Torbreck's 2018 RunRig needs a bit of air right now, as the nose and palate truly open up and expand after a while in the glass. Unlike some vintages, it's rather tight and cedary upon first pour, then relaxes to reveal hints of stone fruit, blueberries, cherries, pastry crust and baking spices. In the mouth, it's full-bodied and concentrated, richly textured and marked by ripe tannins, which leave behind a velvety, mouth-coating finish tinged with licorice and dark berries. While approachable now—and even damn enjoyable—it deserves another several years in the cellar. Drink the 2018 Descendant while waiting. Drink 2025-2040.
Joe Czerwinski – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
A really complex wine already, this has aromas of blackberry, tar and dried spice, as well as blueberry and gentle, herbal edges. The essence-like blackberries and dark plums are delivered in a rich, full-flavored style. Great old-vine shiraz from a stunning vintage. Try from 2026.