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2003 Torbreck The Factor Barossa Valley Shiraz
Immensely powerful and concentrated aromas; a full-bodied, richly robed array of black fruits, spice, licorice, vanilla and chocolate; persistent, ripe tannins. Ultra-careful fruit selection has paid big dividends. Quality cork.2018 - 2023
The 2003 The Factor (100% Shiraz aged 24 months in old French oak) is a riveting effort that displays the exquisite talent of David Powell. Its smoky perfume of blackberry liqueur intermixed with cherries, acacia flowers, and espresso roast is followed by a full-throttle, multi-layered palate as well as a 60-second finish. This stunning Shiraz should drink well for 10-15+ years.
David Powell, unquestionably one of the world’s finest wine producers, has an uncanny ability to discover old vine Barossa vineyards, and then secure long term contracts for their fruit. It is amazing that such high quality sources have not already been plucked by Australia’s giant wine corporations. Torbreck’s wines continue to get better and better, combining the old vine ripe fruit of Barossa with a European sensitivity to elegance and balance. The finest wines in this portfolio are pricy, but David Powell delivers some remarkable reds and whites at prices that are more than fair for the quality in the bottle.
Look, there’s a bit of alcohol heat here but it’s otherwise an outstanding wine. The fruit’s black and deep and sound, but there’s a brightness to it too, a life, a blueberried rush to the mound of sweet, meaty, spicy, cedary deliciousness. This is quite awesome. The tannins are long and fine and mature, the flavours bold and attractive, the toasty, tar-like aftertaste enough to get red wine lovers anywhere all fired up. If it wasn’t for the spike of alcohol, it would be king.