2019 Torbreck RunRig Shiraz Viognier - Barossa Valley
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"Torbreck is the name of a forest near Inverness, Scotland. You’ll find more than a passing nod to the Celts in our wine naming conventions including this reference to the “RunRig” system of land distribution among Highland clansmen. Their widely dispersed holdings were managed communally rather than as any one farm…not unlike this complementary blend of Shiraz and Viognier making the sum of the parts greater than the whole."
Dense in colour with varying shades of black. Oak is quite distinctive on the nose matched by rich dark notes of chocolate, coffee grounds and dried fruit mix. Super concentrated flavours underlie a next level richness, rich in flavour rich in texture as the chewy tannins rise to match the flavours. Let it sleep for a couple of years...
"With 1.5% viognier. Sourced from 6 vineyards across the Barossa Valley. Aged for 30 months in French oak (50% new). Impenetrable purple red in the glass, with layers of dense dark plum and blackberry fruit of considerable purity and heft. Notes of blackforest cake, Old Jamaica chocolate, cedar, turned earth, crème de cassis and kirsch. Big, bold and balanced with a velvety flow, firm fine tannin and long dark finish of warmth and classic Barossan fruit weight."
96 Points - Dave Brookes - Halliday Wine Companion