Torbreck 2010 RunRig
A fitting end to Dave Powell’s career at Torbreck, the 2010 RunRig is an off-the-charts fantastic example of Barossa Shiraz. Powell’s greatest strength was putting together an amazing roster of Barossa Valley growers and the work he did to help resurrect some of the oldest vineyards in Australia, which he used in RunRig, truly made his wines stand out. Taking the best fruit of the Barossa Valley and combining it with a winemaking style that had a French sensibility, made the Torbreck wines stand out as powerful with an elegant structure, the true velvet glove of Australia. For my money, the line of RunRig vintages going back to 1998 have consistently been prime examples of what can be done in Australia with the Shiraz grape (and a touch of viognier) and are the best of Australia’s Barossa Valley. Never heavy-handed or over-ripened, and with all due respect to Penfold’s Grange and Henschke’s Hill of Grace, Torbreck’s RunRig has been the standard bearer of Australian Shiraz. This achievement requires vision, drive and excellent judgment in the vineyard and the winery- all characteristics that Dave Powell has and more.
Tightly wound now, the 2010 RunRig reveals it beauty with raspberries, apricots and a dark, brooding character that envisions a wine that has great depth, power and structure. The palate shows black fruits that flow into smoldering anise and dark chocolate. Built for the long haul, this wine possesses a multitude of different nuances that will emerge over time to reveal their true potential. This RunRig should not be missed.
Here is what Lisa Perrotti-Brown of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate had to say about the Torbreck 2010 “RunRig” Shiraz:
100 POINTS ROBERT PARKER’S WINE ADVOCATE: “Deep garnet-black with a hint of purple to the color, the 2010 RunRig taunts at first with a slightly closed nose before it engages with subtle kirsch, preserved plum, dried mulberry and Christmas cake notes intermingled with hints of violets, cinnamon stick, mocha and game. Full-bodied, rich and incredibly concentrated, the palate astonishes with incredible poise for such a big style as it perfectly balances the wine’s generous fruit flavors with firm, velvety tannins and seamlessly vibrant, lively acid. It finishes with incredible persistence. Delicious now, it should drink best 2016 to 2028+.”