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2006 Torbreck The Factor Barossa Valley Shiraz
Shows exceptional generosity from start to finish, yet retains finesse; the predominantly red fruits positively dance on the back-palate and finish, uninhibited by the fine-grained tannins; stained cork a worry.
The Torbreck reds are made in such a love-it-or-hate-it style that I find them increasingly difficult to rate – though for ultimate hedonism they don’t come much better. Contrary to some opinion the wines usually come complete with strings of tannin, and should age without concern (of course, as with all labels/wines, there will always be vintage exceptions).
Strong, porty and massively intense. The flavours hit and run for a good long time. It tastes of bourbon, sweet aniseed, dry licorice and spicy, savoury, concentrated blackberry jam. It smells, feels and tastes powerful and rich and over-the-top – it’s a wine of excess. There’s a toasty, sawdusty, hay-like quality to the aftertaste, and a good hit of warming alcohol runs through the wine’s fine tannin structure. You have to be in the mood for it but it does what it does exceptionally well – which is all you can ask of a wine.2018 - 2020
Old-vine Shiraz from the valley floor imparts great richness and a creamy texture to this wine's tannins, framed easily by hints of vanilla. Yet it's not a simple fruit-and-oak concoction—with time in the glass it steadily unfurls to reveal herbal and spice complexities. Marries power and elegance;
"The purple/black 2006 The Factor is 100% old-vine Shiraz from the esteemed Greenock sub-region of Barossa Valley. It spent 24 months in 30% new oak. The aromatic array of balsam wood, smoke, pepper, espresso, blueberry, and licorice is eye-opening. This leads to a rich, glossy, full-flavored Shiraz with layers of succulent fruit, ripe tannin, exceptional spiciness, and a lengthy, pure finish. It will evolve for another 8-10 years and will have a drinking window extending from 2016 to 2036. Torbreck, under the leadership of owner/winemaker David Powell, remains a Barossa Valley benchmark as well as one of the world's leading wine estates. The only cloud on the horizon concerns the winery's ramped up production during a period of economic hard times."
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