Author: Jay Miller
The 2005 The Factor is 100% Shiraz sourced from dry grown vines from six sub-regions of Barossa. It spent 24 months in 30% new French oak. Opaque purple-colored, it delivers an expressive bouquet of pepper, smoke, espresso roast, blackberry, blueberry, and licorice. Full-bodied and voluptuous on the palate, nuances of saddle leather and mineral emerge to complement the layers of spicy blue and black fruits. The wine is beautifully integrated with enough well-concealed tannin to keep this wine evolving for a decade. The pure finish lingers for 60+ seconds to complete the experience of a totally hedonistic turn-on.
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Author: Harvey Steiman
Rich and very ripe, this is distinctive for its black cherry, blackberry and a wide range of spices that make it more interesting. A cardamom note lingers on the long, expressive finish. The tannins are well-integrated. Shiraz.
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 09/17/2011
Drink Dates: 2011-2015
Really nice wine. Lots of glycerin and sweet berry fruit - strawberries and fresh raspberries. Smooth tannins. Quite enjoyable, but given the cost one could argue that there is better bang for the buck. Though, I'm quite happy to be drinking this wine...
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 01/04/2009
Almost opaque color. Pungent fruit bouquet. Strong pepper followed by dark berry flavors. Nicely integrated tannin backbone. Not really my style of winemaking, but given the right winter weather and hearty food, its an interesting occasional foray.
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