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Gavin Hubble - (BSc & Post Grad. Business Marketing) - I started working in the wine industry over 23 years ago in New Zealand. Working in; wine retail, sales, wine production, label & packaging design, marketing, wine buying, consulting and wine education. I am responsible for the Brand Health of 60+ wine brands distributed here in New Zealand. Wine Brands from New Zealand, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina. I work closely with the Trade Industry - (Retail Stores & Restaurants) introducing, educating and positioning exciting and unique brands to wine enthusiasts all over the world.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Torbreck 'RunRig' Shiraz 2007

Grape Variety: 98% Shiraz & 2% Viognier

Growing Region: Marananga, Greenock, Moppa, Gomersal, Kalimna & Ebenezer; Barossa Valley, Australia

Chief Winemaker: David Powell

TASTING NOTE:
The ‘RunRig’ often draws comparison with the beautifully fragrant & firm structured wines produced from the steep slopes of the Northern Rhône Valley’s Appellation of Côte Rôtie in France.
The name of this wine is drawn from: The Highland clans used a ‘RunRig’ system to distribute land amongst their clansmen in a series of widely dispersed holdings. The emphasis 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 an added dimension.
The eight unique parcels of fruit were gently de-stemmed and put into both wooden & concrete open top fermenters where they were carefully plunged by hand for 6-7 days. After basket pressing the wine was run directly into new and old French barriques where it spent 30 months with only one racking. During the final ‘assemblage’ a small addition of estate grown Viognier was added and the wine was later bottled without filtration or fining.
The nose of this wine has delightful aromatics that leap from the glass, showing layers of raspberries, plums and crème de cassis combined with subtle hints of black olives. A concentrated palate flows from black fruits into bold anise and dark chocolate held together by firm, textured tannins. This wine possesses a multitude of different facets and nuances that will constantly change and evolve with time. Although extremely intense, the wines power is integrated within its balance and concentration, with a finish that seems destined never to end. Decant for 60+ minutes and serve at 17C.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Approachable this winter season; and will age well for another 12-15 years.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine match with game, or prime cuts of meat with a rich jus, enjoy with someone special.

98 points, Wine Advocate, 2010.

  

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