“A blend of 98% Shiraz and 2% Viognier made just prior to bottling, the 2016 RunRig is a complete masterpiece. It kicks off with elegant notes of pencil shavings accenting blueberries and blackberries on the nose, then shows incredible, palate-staining intensity of fruit in the mouth. It's full-bodied, plush and velvety without being unstructured and manages to be fruit-forward yet savory on the long-lasting finish, where it picks up hints of mocha and black olives. This should be drinkable with pleasure throughout its entire two-decade life (it may live longer from cold cellars or in larger formats), but if I were lucky enough to have a bottle or two, I'd try the first one about 10 years out. Scheduled for June 2019 release. 100 Points.” Joe Czerwinsk, The Wine Advocate, March 2019.
“Impressively deep, dark red/purple colour, with a bouquet of dried herbs, chaff, straw and black fruits. Viognier is not obvious as it is in the Descendant. It's full-bodied and powerful, with abundant sandy tannins and some toasted-nutty oak influences. Coal-dust, graphite, earthy Western Barossa nuances are strongly evident. Dense, concentrated and compact, with a nicely complete, resolved structure and impressive elegance considering the hot year. Excellent wine. 97 Points.” Huon Hooke, The Real Review, February 2019.