Beauty and the Beast.
A good description of the wine Torbreck RunRig 2001, which is one of the best wines I tried in my short life , if not the best.
First a bit about the producer Torbreck which was founded by David Powell in 1994, but already two years before the start David discovered a section of dry and nearly dead Shiraz. With his passion he was able to rescue these vines and establish a contract to purchase the grapes. David managed to scrape together enough money and operate the right to buy grapes from other quality producers in the Barossa Valley. Already in 1995 he managed to put together three tons of grapes such as Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro. With innovative and unconventional ideas about winemaking, combined with the love of Rhone wine it quickly became magic and I would describe him as the wine world Harry Houdini.
As curiosities may be mentioned that the name Torbreck comes from a forest in Scotland where David worked for a time.
Now to the wine that has such charisma that I almost become breathless. Grape combination consisting of 97% Shiraz and 3% Viogner. This creates a muscular monster that is complemented with great complexity. A tsunami of blackberry, coffee, tobacco, currant and Grandma's home made berry jam washes through the mouth. My question quickly becomes ... How the h.... can he / they make this fabulously good wine with such limited resources. A large bow for a true champion. And to Robert Parker as "only" gave the wine 99 / 100 points -Ungenerous, in my opinion this wine is a truly worth 100 points.