Red

2003 Torbreck RunRig

Shiraz Blend

  • Australia
  • South Australia
  • Barossa
  • Barossa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 80

  • dnnk88 wrote: 91 points

    September 12, 2020 - Syrah Night @ East Coast!!: Quote RP notes: "The estate’s flagship cuvee is the virtually perfect 2003 Run Rig. Made from 8 separate Barossa vineyards (ranging in age from 94 to 158 years), it is primarily Shiraz with 4-5% co-fermented Viognier included in the blend. The wine was aged in French oak of which 60% is new."

    Black fruits, kirsch, raisins, slight leather and smoke. This has aged really well. There are tell-tale signs that it is New World, such as its tinge of sweetness. My second time trying RunRig and this round was much better (last bottle was likely heat damaged IMO). One of the better Aussie shiraz I have tasted in awhile. Bravo! 91/92

  • mclanew Likes this wine: 96 points

    July 20, 2020 - Decanted three hours. I was prepared for this to disappoint as many overdone Australian shirazfrom this era have for me but this was outstanding. The nose is outright stunning with black and blue fruit, violets and smoked meats coming through. The palate is powerful and concentrated with complex layering but does not come off as heavy at all. Delicious layers ripe black fruit, licorice, grilled meats, olives and herbs come through on the palate rolling into a long satisfying finish. This has a long life ahead of it and will be fascinating to follow in the years ahead.

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  • mjdixon Likes this wine: 91 points

    July 7, 2020 - Big dense wine
    Drank after 5 hours decant but still felt liike it had lots to reveal
    Red fruit with herbaceous notes but bery tightly wound
    Not my style as I prefer Old World elegance

  • JJYoyo Likes this wine: 95 points

    April 18, 2020 - A big difference in a year. Decanted 2 hrs. This was still as massive and as heavy on the tongue as before, but without any of the heat from the alcohol this time. This time, I could really taste the Viognier in this, for the palate had not just the Shiraz pepper and blackberry, but also a taste of sweet spice and honeycomb. Bouquet nice enough -- blueberry and blackberry, vanilla, caramel, allspice -- but it is no preparation for the massive onslaught of the taste. Additional aromas of cut leaves over time. Pepper taste had additional aspect of chili with time. Extremely rich but not out of balance. At the beginning of its peak maturity window, which will be open for, I guess, about 5-7 years. Seriously impressive!
    Score: 95. Relative to expectations: +

  • SeaSmoke wrote: 95 points

    November 21, 2019 - Decanted for one hour. Black cherries, blueberries, blackcurrants, vanilla, sweet and pungent spices on the nose and palate. This wine has a long finish. It's drinking so well but has many years left.

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    Australia and the Pacific Northwest, Issue #8, 6/25/2011 (link)

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Vinous

  • By Josh Raynolds
    July/August 2006, IWC Issue #127 (link)

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  • By James Halliday
    2/11/2006 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2003
  • Type Red
  • Producer Torbreck
  • Varietal Shiraz Blend
  • Designation RunRig
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Australia
  • Region South Australia
  • SubRegion Barossa
  • Appellation Barossa Valley
  • UPC Codes 9333343000354, 9333343003058

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 18 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1,911 (68%)
  • Consumed 877 (31%)

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