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Date Printed: 10/31/2014
Torbreck RunRig 2004
Torbreck RunRig 2004
(search item no. 92720)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $189.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The flagship 2004 Run Rig is 96.5% Shiraz and 3.5% Viognier with the Shiraz component aged for 30 months in a mixture of new and used French oak. Yields were a minuscule 14 hl/ha (about 1 ton per acre). Saturated opaque purple/black, it has a remarkably kinky, exotic perfume of fresh asphalt, pencil lead, smoke, pepper, game, blueberry and black raspberry. Full-bodied and voluptuous in the mouth, the wine is dense and packed, with amazing purity, sweet tannins, and a complex collection of sensory stimuli. The wine demands 10 years of cellaring and will provide hedonistic delights through 2035+. Torbreck, under the leadership of owner/winemaker David Powell, remains a Barossa Valley benchmark as well as one of the world's greatest wine estates. The top cuvees are limited production and expensive but there are also some outstanding values in the portfolio. With regard to the current vintages for the Barossa red wines, David Powell states "? 2004 is more savory while 2005 has more purity and definition. 2004 is more classic, 2005 will take longer to come around." - Wine Advocate
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About Torbreck:

Torbreck, founded in 1994 by David Powell, is situated at Marananga on the western ridge of the Barossa. Since that time he has produced some of the world?s finest 'Rhone varietal' wines, exclusively from Barossa fruit; this has been acknowledged by the wine press in Europe, America and Australia. The overwhelming majority of his vines are dry-grown, nearly all are 80 - 125 years old and are tended and harvested by hand.

The wines have an extraordinary combination of power, intesity, complexity and great finesse, and bearing in mind the age of the vines and the laughably low yields, no Torbreck wine could ever be accused of being heavy, cloying or over-extracted.