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 a further dimension.
The RunRig has often drawn comparison with the beautifully fragrant & tautly structured wines produced from the steep slopes of the Northern Rhône Valley’s Appellation of Côte Rôtie.
The 2013 RunRig is intense, lifted aromatics are released as soon as the wine is opened; dark cherry crème de cassis and hints of nutmeg all come to the fore with an underlying opulent fruit profile of black olive, cassis and plum.
A dark, rich and silky palate with deep red cherry fruits, clove, lavender & licorice all interwoven with hints of sweet spice and cinnamon. The layers and diverse fruit characters continue to evolve in the glass with anise, hints of almond, earth, blackberry and pepper all becoming more apparent as the wine evolves in the glass.
A rich, opulent RunRig 2013 will certainly reward those with patience.
98+ points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple in colour, the 2013 Run Rig has a tantalizingly exotic nose of cloves, fenugreek, star anise and cassia with a core of mulberries, baked blackberries and blueberry preserves plus hints of potpourri and dusty earth. The full-bodied palate is multi-layered with tons of spices and berry preserves notes, supported by firm yet velvety tannins and finishing with incredible length and depth.
This is a very impressive RunRig’ Drink 2018-2035.