Deep, rich colour, with no purple remaining; the bouquet rich, mellow and complex with roasting-pan aromas. It's still alive and drinking quite well but the palate is very savoury and drying, a little flat and lacking vitality. Not fruit-sweet, but very dry and lacks a bit of charm. Merely good.
95 Points Robert Parker
The 1997 Run Rig is the most mature of this group. More evolved than the 1996 or the potentially perfect 1998, the 1997 displays beautiful floral, blackberry, charcoal, and incense characteristics, a full-bodied opulence, a seamless, voluptuous mouthfeel, and hints of caramelized black fruits and herbs. It is a beauty of complexity, elegance, and substance. Drink it over the next 5-10 years.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Robert M. Parker, Jr. June, 2009
92 Points James Halliday
Dense red-purple; a powerful wine with black fruits and abundant oak on the bouquet. The concentrated and youthful palate has an array of dark cherry, redcurrant and minty fruit flavours; these flavours and the oak are still coming together. Drink to 2017.
Source: James Halliday. June, 2000
"Torbeck's 1997 Run Rig is spectacular. I have been blown away by prior efforts, and this huge, exotic wine, which offers up blueberry liqueur, cassis, flowers, a touch of overripe peaches, and sweet vanillin, is a rich, full-bodied, supple-textured wine. It represents Australia's answer to Marcel Guigal's Cote Rotie La Mouline.
I had a bottle of this sent to my French lawyer for a tasting with several top Medoc proprietors. After the tasting, I received a fax asking how many cases they could purchase! Two or three bottles a year is most people's allocation.
The wine emerges from a vineyard ranging in age from 40 to 125 years, which was cropped at 1.25 tons of fruit per acre. The oak is beautifully integrated. The wine is low in acidity, and the impact on the palate is one of awesome levels of fruit, richness, and complexity. This amazing wine may even merit a perfect rating. It should drink well for 10-12 years."
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate # 127 Feb 2000