A quick stop by the Sampler (The Sampler, South Kensington): This has 3% Viognier in it, 30 months oak of which 60% new. The color is clear, deep opaque. The nose is clean, high intensity and tight, filled with all sorts of small black fruits, wood smoke, there is this ripe/almost jammy character but its so fresh in the same time, ripe red fruit as well, sweet spices too, 2 thin layers of oak behind the fruit, youthful overall. The wine is dry, full body and high intensity, high alcohol with black fruit flavors, juicy tannins with blue berry too, alcohol coming through to ruin the balance a bit, long finish. Outstanding quality, multilayered, dont agree entirely with the 98 points of wine advocate but its all a matter of personal preference.
Unapologetically New World. Nose of sweet, dark blueberry/plum fruit and licorice. Extremely ripe, full-bodied but not overwhelming, and I didn't taste the alcohol. I thought this was fairly nice for its style.
Bu en dans le back store avec 2 conseillers en soirée avec les cuvées The Pict, Les amis, Descendant et The Factor...des bouteilles qui trainent depuis un certain temps et en gros rabais pour certaines! Jamais été impressionné par les vins de cette maison malgré tout le hype...des vins outrageusement "over-Priced" à la mode sucré/jouflu "in your face. Pas mon style, aucun raffinement ou complexité. Presqu'un copié/collé de toutes les cuvées dégustées lors de cette soirée! Un nez ou on sent que l'extraction est forte, un peu de gomme balloune aussi ici. En bouche, ça sature et ça frappe, trop puissant pour nous. Encore déçu ême après avoir passé la journée ouverte et plusieurs heures en carafe.
From a bottle kindly provided to our tasting group by M.B., this opaque crimson bruiser was easily identified as being an upper-echelon Barossa Shiraz. Explosive aromas of ripe bramble fruits, baking spices, citrus and flowers nicely overwhelm the light amount of volatile acidity on the nose. Full-bodied, round, ripe and masculine on the palate, it delights with mouth-coating black fruit flavors which are wrapped with big sweet tannins. Listed as 14.5%, the alcohol is nicely integrated at the front and middle, but flaunts a whiff of heat on the lengthy back end. Although this would never be confused with Côte-Rôtie, Torbreck has taken a nice page from the Northern Rhone appellation's book by blending their RunRig with with a dollop of Viognier. Make sure that this wine is served at 60-65°F and enjoy it over the next decade. Drink now-2025.
Wooooow...what a wine !!!!!! Incredible shiraz full of everything. Much more balanced and correct than the Mollydookers. The wine is delicious and extremely polished. Full bodied with lots of black pepper, blueberry, BlackBerry. The wine is still VERY Young, I guess than in 5 years it will be reaching maturity although I think the wine can and will last till 2030 at least. The wine is amazing....top 5.
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(Torbreck RunRig) From a 3-liter bottle - opaque black red violet color; rich black fruit, ripe berry nose; tight, tart black fruit, tart berry, orange, lemon peel palate; needs 5-plus years, at least from this format; medium-plus finish