Torbreck The Factor
It should prove to be one of the longest-lived wines from this lineup.
Many of these vineyards were planted in the 19th century and because of South Australia’s far-sighted quarantine policy, were not affected by the phylloxera outbreak that ravaged the vineyards of the world in the 1880s. They survive on their own roots more than a century later as clonal time capsules. The reputation of the Barossa as the pre-eminent red wine growing region of Australia rests firmly on wines such as this. Torbreck is the name of a forest near Inverness, Scotland and you’ll find more than a passing nod to the Celts in our wine naming conventions. The manager on a highland estate is referred to as The Factor.
"Very deep, dark red/purple colour, with a bouquet that shouts north-western Barossa: graphite, ironstone, freshturned earth, savoury and complex. The wine is very full-bodied, and strongly built: the carpentry is impressive (that's structure, not oak). Superbly rich, fleshy and sustained through a very long palate and follow-through. It shapes up like a whopper but the tannins are supple and fine, smooth and not at all forbidding as we might have anticipated. Excellent. (30% new French oak. Northern & Western Barossa grapes) Drink 2021–2043" 96 pts, Huon Hooke
"A pristine nose of ripe and intense blackberries, blueberries and redcurrants, as well as some sanguine, rust-like notes. This is an excellent edition of The Factor. I like the power and focus this wine delivers and, in 2018, it is a wine of great length and presence. Abundant ripe blackberries bathe the palate. Try from 2025." 98 pts, James Suckling
"Shiraz; predominantly from Gomersal and Marananga, with Krondorf and Ebenezer. Matured 24 months in 40% new French oak barriques. The compact density and reverberating power that define The Factor are on grand display in 2018. Deep, penetrating layers of concentrated black fruits of all kinds meld with licorice and rich dark chocolate oak. For all its proportions, it upholds impeccable vitality and brightness. Tannins rise to the challenge in a surge of fine-grained, crafted presence. An exemplar of greatness at the big end of the Barossa." 95 pts, Tyson Stelzer, Halliday
"Aged in about 50% new French oak and built for cellaring, the 2018 The Factor is a concentrated, structured Shiraz that should age well for up to two decades. Scents of cedar shavings and vanilla mark the nose, while the full-bodied palate folds in notes of ripe blackberries and mulberries, plus hints of baking spices. Complex, firm and age-worthy, with a long, focused finish, it should be at its best after about five more years." 96 pts, Joe Czerwinski, WA
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