Torbreck The Factor Shiraz 2009
Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Australia
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.
Australian Wine Companion - "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."
The Wine Advocate - "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+."
Wine Spectator - "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."
Tasting Panel - "An homage to old vine shiraz;rich,powerful and balanced with ripe berry, dark chocolate and spice; dense, long and massive. "
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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 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. View all Torbreck Wines
About Barossa ValleyView a map of Barossa Valley wineries
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 industry. The valley is strewn with a series of hamlets, small towns spotted throughout the region.
Barossa ValleyBarossa is red-wine territory, with red grapes consisting of about two-thirds of the region's plantings. The reds, Shiraz in particular, are lauded for their rich, concentrated flavors and aging potential. Old vines of Shiraz and Grenache are popular, many up to 80 years old. The valley is home to some of the most famous vineyards of Australia - this is where the first Penfolds Grange was made. Whites are also found, mainly from the Semillon grape – these wines are as full-bodied as the reds although harder to find. Riesling and Chardonnay are also planted.
Eden ValleyRight next to Barossa Valley, but a bit higher in elevation, Eden Valley is an ideal neighbor. Many wineries source vineyards from both areas as the climate difference in Eden Valley leads to wines of a different character. Reds are still mainly Shiraz and Grenache, but the wines are often more restrained and less dense than those in the Barossa Valley proper. Whites are popular here too. Eden Valley Rieslings and Semillons are particularly excellent.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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1 rating, 1 with reviewKing Okra - Brentwood, CA58/21/2014
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!Related Products
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