The RunRig has often drawn comparison with the beautifully fragrant & tautly structured wines produced from the steep slopes of the Northern RhÃ´ne Valleyâ€™s Appellation of CÃ´te RÃ´tie. The 2007 Vintage presented many challenges in the winery and the vineyards with a significant drought resulting in restricted canopy growth, low nutrient levels and tiny yields. Fortunately, the Old Vine RunRig vineyards thrive in these conditions and the resulting wine is truly remarkable. The delightful aromatics are released as soon as the wine is de-corked, with layers of raspberries, apricots and crÃ¨me de cassis cloaking subtle hints of black olive and cherry. A dark, rich and concentrated palate flows from black fruits into brooding anise and dark chocolate and is bound by tight, grainy tannin. This wine possesses a multitude of different facets and nuances that will constantly change and evolve. Although extremely intense, the wines power is cloaked within its balance and concentration, surging forth as an expansive sensation- the way only the greatest wines can. The 2007 RunRig will greatly reward those with patience.
Each of the eight parcels of fruit were gently de-stemmed into both wooden & concrete open top fermenters where they were carefully nurtured for 6-7 days on skins. After basket pressing the wine was run directly into both new and old French barriques where they spent 30 months with one racking. During the final �assemblage� a small addition (2%) of estate grown Viognier was added and the wine was later bottled without the use of filtration or fining.
Torbreck�was created with the aim of building one of the finest wine estates in the world. The vision is to pay homage to the vineyards of the Barossa Valley, home to some of the oldest vines on the planet. Torbreck Vintners was founded by David Powell in 1994 when he began to discover and clean up a few sections of dry-grown old vines in the Barossa Valley. It was named after a forest in Scotland where he worked as a lumberjack in his earlier years. He managed to raise enough money to share-farm a few vineyards, a practice that involves paying the owner a percentage of the market rate for his grapes in return for totally managing the vineyard. This share- farming principle, along with company-owned vineyards acquired over the life of the business, has enabled Torbreck to use fruit from the very best vineyards in the Barossa Valley. Thanks to its freedom from phylloxera, the valley is home to some of the most precious old vines in the world.�The Torbreck endeavour is based around the classic Rhone varietals of Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro, from mostly old vines scattered throughout the microclimates of the Barossa. Whilst Torbreck specialises in making red wines, there is Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne planted on our Descendant vineyard which we blend into white wine. The first wine was the 1995 Runrig crushed from just three tonnes of Shiraz and Viognier grapes. Torbreck�s long term vision of 100% estate produced and bottled wine reached completion in 2008 when a new winery and administration facility was opened on land acquired from a next door neighbour. This facility enables our grapes to be handpicked, vinified into wine using the best available equipment, matured in temperature controlled cellars and then bottled �on the estate� using a state of the art bottling line..