Torbreck The Factor Shiraz 2009
Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Australia
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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: 15.1%
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%.
Our homage to the great old Shiraz vines of the Barossa Valley and the growers who painstakingly tend and nurture them each year.
The 2009 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.
"Deep purple-crimson; this shiraz achieves its full-bodied weight with ease, indeed outright nonchalance; its bouquet heralds the blackberry and dark chocolate fruit to come on the textured palate, the ripe tannin and oak contributions in immaculate balance."
Australian Wine Companion
"Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 The Factor begins with lovely warm blackberry and creme de cassis notes highlighted by mulberries, mincemeat and dusty earth scents. Very big, rich and full, the palate has some dried berry character, a firm level of chewy tannins, balanced acid freshness and a long finish. Drink it from 2014 to 2024+."
The Wine Advocate
"Ripe and spicy, playing its black cherry, smoke and cream flavors against fine tannins and a rich but open texture, finishing with plushness. This has the length and balance for aging. Shiraz. Best from 2015 through 2025."
"An homage to old vine shiraz;rich,powerful and balanced with ripe berry, dark chocolate and spice; dense, long and massive. "
Earth & Spicy
The complexity, structure, flavor, and aromas of top-tier Oz shiraz are all there in spades. I openly admit my preference for great Oz shiraz above all else (for the most part). I've had my share of the best from down under and this particular wine would definitely make my all-time top 10. It's the total package and at just $100, quite a bargain!
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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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Learn About Barossa Valley
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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Learn About Syrah/Shiraz
(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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