2005 Torbreck - The Factor 750ml

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

WA 97   WS 92   Collector 93
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

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.

Author: Jay Miller
Issue: 173

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

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.

Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Author: Harvey Steiman


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 94
Author: botro
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...

Rating: 91
Author: Dan L692
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.

Average rating: 95, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

710 bottles owned by 206 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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