2001 Torbreck - The Factor 750ml

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

WA 98   WS 97   IWC 90(+?)   Collector 95
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

The 100% Shiraz offering, the exquisite 2001 The Factor, aged 24 months in French oak (30% new), possesses a 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.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 155

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

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. 800 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2004-2015

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90(+?)

($85; 100% shiraz Bright medium ruby. Dark raspberry, plum, fruitcake, tar and molasses on the nose. Juicy, tightly wound and very firmly built; the dark berry and fruitcake fla vors began a bit ungiving but showed increasing sweetness in the glass. Finishes firm and quite fresh, with impressive nutty persistence.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 115

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 98
Author: TMac
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/04/2010
We popped this one to celebrate my 6 months off of chemo and clean blood work. This is just an extraordinary wine. The nose is a powerful blast of dark plums, blackberries, and black cherries. A wisp of smoke comes through in the end. The body is perfectly balanced. A rich combination of cassis, blackberries, blueberries, and sweet tannins make for one of the smoothest wines I've tasted. The finish is long (roughly 45+ seconds) with a beautiful layered effect. We felt so lucky to be celebrating such good news with such an incredible bottle of wine.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

Rating: 98
Author: Daddy
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/20/2011
Amazing, with blackberry, blueberry, expresso and a kind of roasted background. Well structured. A splendid shriaz from Barossa valley.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

Rating: 94
Author: Edward C731
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 09/08/2014
at a great spot now.. still plenty of primary fruit but has developed an abundant of secondary flavors.. will likely improve another 3-5 years and stay there for 10years or so...

Rating: 93
Author: NobleRot
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 09/20/2008

4 of 5 people found this review useful.

Rating: 91
Author: gotwine
Trust Rating: 86
Tasted On: 07/04/2012
Not what is was two years ago but still delicious - fruit is diminished and not as prominent but fine tannins remain but less harmonious - past peak but still a year or two of good drinking

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

Average rating: 95, based on 8 reviews
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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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