Torbreck Shiraz Barossa Valley the Factor 2004

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Torbreck's homage to the great old Shiraz vines of the Barossa Valley and the growers who painstakingly tend and nurt...

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My wine of the night, just ahead of the WOMS and Cimicky Reserve. Decanted 1 hour. Color is a very dark maroon, almost black. Very thick. 100% Shir... Read more

Generous and soft as a down pillow, this balances dense, super-ripe flavors of prune and raisin with black walnut tannins. The florid fruit and cha... Read more

Dense and distinctive Shiraz that provides a lavish mouthful of licorice-and tar-accented purple plum, blueberry and sweet spice flavors. Framed wi... Read more

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Snooth User: RPerro
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04/11/2009

My wine of the night, just ahead of the WOMS and Cimicky Reserve. Decanted 1 hour. Color is a very dark maroon, almost black. Very thick. 100% Shiraz from 4 vineyards. Nose of very sweet blackberry...maybe blackberry pie, following to the palate, with the addition of blueberries. Very jammy, and still quite young. This really needs another 2-3 years before it begins to shine. Lots of tannins on the finish, which seems to go on forever. An outstanding wine from David Powell!


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Generous and soft as a down pillow, this balances dense, super-ripe flavors of prune and raisin with black walnut tannins. The florid fruit and charry oak should meld over the next few years, when the texture will parallel lamb shank melting off the bone.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Dense and distinctive Shiraz that provides a lavish mouthful of licorice-and tar-accented purple plum, blueberry and sweet spice flavors. Framed with oak, but not at all woody. The finish rolls along unperturbed by the fine-grained tannins. Best from 2008 through 2020.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

A big wine with an extraordinary sense of elegance, positively glowing with gorgeous blueberry, plum and white pepper flavors that skim across the palate like a sailboat in a perfect wind. Hints of mineral and spice weave through the long, long finish. Classic stuff. Drink now through 2015.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Perfumed on the nose, with hints of roses, pepper and game all adding complexity atop the base of berries and earth. This is wonderfully creamy in texture and crammed with lush fruit, but by no means is it what youandrsquo;d dismissively call a fruit bomb, as there is considerable nuance to the flavors, ending on notes of pepper, meat and dried spices. Drink nowandndash;2020.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The 2003 The Factor (100% Shiraz aged 24 months in old French oak) is a riveting effort that displays the exquisite talent of David Powell. Its smoky perfume of blackberry liqueur intermixed with cherries, acacia flowers, and espresso roast is followed by a full-throttle, multi-layered palate as well as a 60-second finish. This stunning Shiraz should drink well for 10ndash;15+ years.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Made from 100% Shiraz that spent 24 months in French oak (30% new), the exuberant, flamboyant 2004 The Factor offers up gorgeously pure blueberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with smoke, bacon fat, camphor, and graphite. Silky smooth, and, as David Powell says, andldquo;the most Barossa-likeandrdquo; of all his wines, it represents Powellandrsquo;s rendition of a Cote Rotie. It can be drunk over the next 15andndash;20 years.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

The 100% Shiraz offering, the exquisite 2001 The Factor, aged 24 months in French oak (30% new), possesses a more roasted, Cote Rotie character than its Shiraz siblings. Blackberry, blueberry, espresso roast, smoke, and a roasted component are found in this intense, rich effort along with considerable structure, fabulous density, and a broad, deep, profound palate.


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Winemaker's Notes:

Torbreck's homage to the great old Shiraz vines of the Barossa Valley and the growers who painstakingly tend and nurture them each year. The Factor displays the concentration and fruit purity that only the most meticulous farming can achieve. Robert Parker scores this wine 97 points with the comment: "Made from 100% Shiraz that spent 24 months in French oak (30% new), the exuberant, flamboyant 2004 The Factor offers up gorgeously pure blueberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with smoke, bacon fat, camphor, and graphite. Silky smooth, and, as David Powell says, “the most Barossa-like” of all his wines, it represents Powell’s rendition of a Cote Rotie. It can be drunk over the next 15-20 years."

Torbreck's homage to the great old Shiraz vines of the Barossa Valley and the growers who painstakingly tend and nurture them each year. The Factor displays the concentration and fruit purity that only the most meticulous farming can achieve. Robert Parker scores this wine 97 points with the comment: "Made from 100% Shiraz that spent 24 months in French oak (30% new), the exuberant, flamboyant 2004 The Factor offers up gorgeously pure blueberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with smoke, bacon fat, camphor, and graphite. Silky smooth, and, as David Powell says, “the most Barossa-like” of all his wines, it represents Powell’s rendition of a Cote Rotie. It can be drunk over the next 15-20 years."

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