RunRig has often drawn comparison with the beautifully fragrant and tautly structured wines produced from the steep slopes of the Northern Rhône Valley’s Appellation of Côte Rôtie
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. Shiraz from old dry grown vineyards is blended with Viognier, complementing the strengths and complexities of these individual parcels of fruit, whilst giving the resulting wine a further dimension.
The inaugural RunRig vintage was 1995. Over the years since, RunRig has become a benchmark of Barossa and Australian Shiraz, and the wine has become a favourite for wine collectors the world over.
RunRig has been fortunate to received the highest accolades from the international trade and media. This includes being awarded the Barossa Trust Mark, listed as 'Exceptional' on Langton's Classification of Australian Wine, and receiving a perfect 100 points twice from Robert Parker's 'The Wine Advocate' for both the 2010 and 2016 vintages
An above average winter rainfall led into a below average spring and summer rainfall, producing small bunches and small berries, leading to a reduced yield. Quality was certainly high, particular amongst our red varieties of Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro. 2018 wines will be remembered for their impressive colour, structure and longevity
Complex and lifted aromatics of dense black fruits such as blackberries, satsuma plum and black cherry complimented with dark chocolate, cacao been and liquorice. The opulent mouthfeel, liveliness, and vibrancy is a real standout on a plush and velvety textured palate structure.
The complex layers and fruit characters continue to evolve in the glass with firm but drying tannins seamlessly balanced with long acid and statuesque posture and length.
..., it's full-bodied and concentrated, richly textured and marked by ripe tannins, which leave behind a velvety, mouth-coating finish tinged with licorice and dark berries. 99 points
Joe Czerwinski - The Wine Advocate
..... full-bodied and richly-flavoured, with ample tannins that run the full length of the palate leaving a cleansing but balanced after-grip. Superb intensity, line and length; not a blockbuster but full-bodied and beautifully modulated. Lots of chocolate-mocha and blackberry on the finish. A cracker of a wine and a very stylish RunRig. 98 points
Huon Hooke - The Real Review
A really complex wine already, this has aromas of blackberry, tar and dried spice, as well as blueberry and gentle, herbal edges. The essence-like blackberries and dark plums are delivered in a rich, full-flavored style. Great old-vine shiraz from a stunning vintage. 98 points
Nick Stock - jamessuckling.com
There's a floral note of dried lavender to the dried apricot and fresh black cherry flavors at the core, with accents of Earl Grey tea, sweet spices and cigar box. A touch of cedar and minerality lingers in the background, with polished tannins. Shiraz and Viognier. Drink now through 2036. 95 points
MaryAnn Worobiec - Wine Spectator
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