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Date Printed: 9/30/2014
Torbreck The Factor Shiraz 2003
Torbreck The Factor Shiraz 2003
(search item no. 91716)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $95.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2002 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The 2003 The Factor (100% Shiraz aged 24 months in old French oak) is a riveting effort that displays the exquisite talent of David Powell. Its smoky perfume of blackberry liqueur intermixed with cherries, acacia flowers, and espresso roast is followed by a full-throttle, multi-layered palate as well as a 60-second finish. This stunning Shiraz should drink well for 10-15+ years. David Powell, unquestionably one of the world's finest wine producers, has an uncanny ability to discover old vine Barossa vineyards, and then secure long term contracts for their fruit. It is amazing that such high quality sources have not already been plucked by Australia's giant wine corporations. Torbreck's wines continue to get better and better, combining the old vine ripe fruit of Barossa with a European sensitivity to elegance and balance. The finest wines in this portfolio are pricy, but David Powell delivers some remarkable reds and whites at prices that are more than fair for the quality in the bottle." - Wine Advocate
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About Torbreck:

Torbreck, founded in 1994 by David Powell, is situated at Marananga on the western ridge of the Barossa. Since that time he has produced some of the world?s finest 'Rhone varietal' wines, exclusively from Barossa fruit; this has been acknowledged by the wine press in Europe, America and Australia. The overwhelming majority of his vines are dry-grown, nearly all are 80 - 125 years old and are tended and harvested by hand.

The wines have an extraordinary combination of power, intesity, complexity and great finesse, and bearing in mind the age of the vines and the laughably low yields, no Torbreck wine could ever be accused of being heavy, cloying or over-extracted.