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Torbreck, The Factor 2005


David Powell founded Torbreck in 1994 with the desire of bringing back to life some small plots of very very old Shiraz. By entering into vineyard sharing schemes with some of the greatest, but hard to farm, shiraz vineyards in the Barossa he has managed to produce wines of exceptional quality and depth.

The Factor is the homage to these great old Shiraz vines. With an incredible amount of depth and a mouth-filling fullness and texture, this wine has now come into its prime. And there it shall stay for the next decade or more!

Wine Advocate gives this 97/100:

The 2005 The Factor is 100% Shiraz sourced from dry grown vines from six sub-regions of Barossa. It spent 24 months in 30% new French oak. Opaque purple-colored, it delivers an expressive bouquet of pepper, smoke, espresso roast, blackberry, blueberry, and licorice. Full-bodied and voluptuous on the palate, nuances of saddle leather and mineral emerge to complement the layers of spicy blue and black fruits. The wine is beautifully integrated with enough well-concealed tannin to keep this wine evolving for a decade. The pure finish lingers for 60+ seconds to complete the experience of a totally hedonistic turn-on.

Wine Enthusiast gives this 97/100:

Tarry and peppery, dark and meaty, it’s difficult to describe how a wine that is so packed with lush blackberry and plum fruit can remain complex. The fruit completely fills the mouth, yet nuances of spicy, meaty complexity somehow permeate, building in intensity on the long finish. Supple enough to drink now, but should evolve positively through at least 2015 and last another 5–10 years beyond that."

James Halliday gives this 96/100:

Superb colour; exceptional mouthfeel courtesy of fine, ripe tannins seamlessly woven through the velvet curtain of black fruits; the flavours echo repeatedly around the mouth.

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