2006 Torbreck - The Factor 750ml

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

WA 94+   IWC 94   WS 90   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 94+

The purple/black 2006 The Factor is 100% old-vine Shiraz from the esteemed Greenock sub-region of Barossa Valley. It spent 24 months in 30% new oak. The aromatic array of balsam wood, smoke, pepper, espresso, blueberry, and licorice is eye-opening. This leads to a rich, glossy, full-flavored Shiraz with layers of succulent fruit, ripe tannin, exceptional spiciness, and a lengthy, pure finish. It will evolve for another 8-10 years and will have a drinking window extending from 2016 to 2036.

Drink Dates: 2016-2036
Author: Jay Miller
Issue: 181

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

($105; 100% shiraz) Youthful violet color. Powerfully scented bouquet offers blackberry, cherry-cola, licorice, violet oil and vanilla, with mounting spiciness adding vivacity. Deep in dark berry flavors but by no means heavy, offering sweet floral and licorice pastille qualities and a lashing of smoky minerals. Unfolds slowly to show brighter red fruits. An extremely young shiraz with excellent finishing clarity and an echo of cola.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 146

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

Dark, dense and rich, with a supple feel to the flavors of black cherry, smoke and licorice, which soften on the finish. Shiraz.

Drink Dates: 2009-2015
Author: Harvey Steiman

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 94
Author: Pat N
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/09/2010

Average rating: 93, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

123 bottles owned by 35 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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