Ranked #1 of 17 2015 Shiraz Viognier from Barossa Valley
Medium to deep red colour with a faint tinge of purple, the bouquet smoky and tarry, charcoal and charred oak scented. A roasted northern Barossa style bouquet. The wine is full-bodied and rich, big and opulent, with masses of supple tannins and a savoury disposition. Dense, chocolate/mocha and tarry flavours, the palate big and ample and long on the finish. A rich, generous, satisfying drink of red wine. (Southern, middle and northern Barossa vineyards. 20% new oak. 2.5% viognier)
Drink: 2018 to 2035
98 Points Robert Parker
Who would've thought that in the context of Barossa Shiraz, the 2015 RunRig would seem like a relative bargain? It's certainly much less expensive than Grange or Hill of Grace will be when they're released. It's also more approachable in its youth, with enormously appealing aromas of grilled fruit, savory complexities and rich, velvety tannins. Of course, it's full-bodied and concentrated, with the stuffing to age for up to a couple of decades, and it has a long, licorice-tinged finish. Winemaker Ian Hongell, who joined Torbreck from Peter Lehmann, may not have made this wine, but he deserves a lot of credit for the blending and finishing of this tour de force.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Joe Czerwinski. March, 2018