‘Running with Bulls’ exists under the banner of the Hill-Smith Family Vineyards, with a focus, not surprisingly, on Spanish varieties. The label is named after the (in)famous Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, in which Robert Hill-Smith, proprietor of Hill-Smith and Yalumba, participated in 1978. Robert had visited, and worked, in wineries such as Château Rahoul in Bordeaux and Domaine Dujac in Burgundy.
Robert believed that the Spanish variety Tempranillo could work well in regions such as the Barossa and Eden Valleys. Fruit is sourced from a variety of growers, with the oldest vines having been planted around the turn of the 21st century. Given the Mediterranean focus on enjoying wine with food, the ‘Running with Bulls’ line-up very much have this in mind, with tasting notes showing a range that would best match the wines. The winemaker for ‘Running with Bulls’ is Sam Wigan, a native of the Barossa Valley, who followed in his father’s footsteps on the ‘winemaking path’. Sam’s father was chief winemaker at Peter Lehmann Wines for over 30 years. Sam has worked for ‘Yalumba’ since 2001 and has been involved in other Yalumba brands such as ‘Rogers & Rufus’.
‘Running with Bulls’ currently release three wines: the ‘Barossa Tempranillo’ (with fruit coming from the Barossa and Eden Valleys), which has ‘aromas of cola, crushed herbs and black cherry with hints of clove and tomato leaf’, with ‘A silky and savoury palate, showing black cherry and pomegranate with fine liquorice like tannins;’ the Garnacha (the Spanish term for ‘grenache’) has ‘aromas of fresh coriander, grated nutmeg and flavours reminiscent of strawberries and blood orange’ and ‘the palate is long and juicy with silky textures’; and the Verdejo (not to be confused with Verdelho) has ‘aromas of lemon thyme, quince, pineapple and sourdough bread’ and ‘the palate is crisp, with pithy grapefruit and Granny Smith apple flavours with hints of sea spray.’
For more information on the Running with Bulls wines, head to their website.