Torbreck Runrig Shiraz 2015
Torbreck Runrig Shiraz 2015 is a old grown shiraz from Barossa vineyards, blended with a bit of Viognier, which helps complement the strengths and complexities of the fruit. Above average rainfall in 2014 was then followed by warm, weather in early 2015 which in turn created more than ideal ripening conditions. A combination on new, second fill and third fill French Oak barriques was used in the maturation process. The wine was allowed to rest on fine lees throughout its maturation to enhance the overall texture.
Torbreck Runrig Shiraz 2015 shows a hauntingly beautiful crimson and deep purple colour upon pouring. Aromatics of dark cherry, plum and dark chocolates mingle with mulberry and five-spice to create a savoury nose to the wine. A silky textured palette contains flavours of deep red cherry, clove and liquorice that tangos with cinnamon and sweet spices. Secondary flavours can be found to seasoned drinks, who may be able to pick up flavours of ironstone, anise, blackberry and pepper. Very full bodied with firm tannins, the finish is firm and lingering. Cellaring is recommended for 15 to 20 years to reach peak performance.
The Runrig wines have often been compared to the Northern Rhone Valley's Appellation of Cote Rotie, with its beautifully aromatic and tautly structured wines. The Highland clans used a 'RunRig' system to distribute land amongst their clansmen in a series of widely dispersed holdings. The emphasis was not on any one farm, but rather the communal element of the whole. Torbreck is the name of a forest near Inverness, Scotland. Torbreck generally nods to the Celts in naming the majority of their wines, and the Runrig is no exception.
The Finer Details
Style - Red
Varietal - Shiraz, Viognier
Country - Australia
Region - Barossa, South Australia
Vintage - 2015
Bottle Size - 750ml
ABV - 15%