Torbreck The Factor Shiraz 2008
Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Australia
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 15.4%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The 2008 Factor displays the concentration and fruit purity that only the most meticulous farming can achieve. Delicate scents of wild blackberries, pipe smoke and pepper are supported by a dark core of espresso roast, black currants and coal. The palate offers tremendous texture and combines great richness with subtle notes of olive tapenade, saddle leather and minerals. Brooding and densely packed, this majestic wine has the constitution to cellar for many years where it will slowly unravel its extravagant riches.
"Opaque ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of blackberry, anise and allspice, with a smoky undertone and a hint of black olive. Fleshy and broad on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering intense black and blue fruit compote flavors and a hint of bitter chocolate. Finishes with smooth tannins and excellent, spice-driven persistence."
International Wine Cellar
"Deep, dense ruby; the bouquet is full of dark fruits, oak and lots more, the palate predictably full-bodied, but the high alcohol really does impose itself on the palate. For Torbreck lovers this may be no problem, but for others it will be a different matter."
Australian Wine Companion
"Very deep garnet colored with a faint rim of purple, the 2008 The Factor has pronounced notes of raisins, Christmas cake, chocolate box, dried mulberries, sandalwood and baking spices. Very full and buxom in the mouth, the generous, fleshy fruit has a good line of crisp acid to lend freshness and a medium to firm level of chewy tannins, finishing long and a little warm."
The Wine Advocate
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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...
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The Barossa zone consists of two sections - the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. Wines from the Eden Valley can be labelled Barossa or Barossa Valley.
Situated just a bit east of the large city of Adelaide, Barossa is Australia's wine headquarters. Mega producers are based here, boutique wineries call it home and a majority of the habitants claim their income on the wine...
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(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...
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