1998 Torbreck - The Factor 750ml

Australia - South Australia - Barossa Valley/ Red / Syrah   |     Watch

WA 93   WS 88   Collector 90
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

A stunning effort is the 1998 The Factor. This 100% Shiraz cuvee of 240 cases is made from 50-130-year old vines. No new oak is used, although some of the press wine does see new American oak. Supple, with a telltale, ostentatious bouquet of black fruits intermixed with smoke, licorice, and melted asphalt, this super-extracted, velvety-textured, sumptuous, pure, rich, impeccably well-balanced Shiraz is best consumed during its first decade of life.

Drink Dates: 2001-2011
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 135

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

Soft and spicy, with charming cherry and raspberry flavors. Not as big and round as many Barossa Shirazes, making for a supple, appealing, drink-me-now red.

Drink Dates: 2001-2004
Author: Harvey Steiman


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 91
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/17/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2015
Still sports a deep red color with strong scents of tar, plums, vanilla spice, and lemon curd (a weird nuance - I know). Tannins still make their presence known but they are softening. Good length with decent levels of acidity. Has plenty of time left.

Rating: 89
Author: Juan K
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 08/28/2011

Average rating: 91, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

91 bottles owned by 37 collectors.

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About This Producer


Torbreck Vintners was founded by David Powell in 1994. Although located in Australia's Barossa Valley, the name comes from a forest in Scotland where Powell previously worked as a lumberjack before becoming a winemaker. Torbreck's production is centered around the classic Barossa Valley varieties of Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro (Mourvedre), and the winemaking philosophy is based on David's love for the wines of France's Rhone Valley. Along with many intensely flavored red wines blended from old-vine Shiraz and Grenache, Torbreck also produces white wines from Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne.

Wine Varietal: Syrah


While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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