Torbreck Vintners

The Factor Barossa Valley Shiraz

9.2172 ratings
9.245 pro ratings
Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
Shiraz
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Ruby with purple hues, aromas of dark fruits, licorice, spice and floral notes. On the palate flavors of ripe juicy blackberry and plum with licorice, espresso and oak. Well balanced, great mouthfeel, soft fine tannins, long finish ending with spice, smoky oak and cacao. Very nice!

Ruby with purple hues, aromas of dark fruits, licorice, spice and floral notes. On the palate flavors of ripe juicy blackberry and plum with licorice, espresso and oak. Well balanced, great mouthfeel, soft fine tannins, long finish ending with spice, smoky oak and cacao. Very nice!

Dec 1st, 2020
Matt Trader

Popped open bottle finally - see previous rating from Coravin'd glass.

Yum :)

Popped open bottle finally - see previous rating from Coravin'd glass.

Yum :)

Nov 8th, 2018
LM Segal

A must-drink for anyone who disrespects Oz. Excellent on the verge of profound, this has aged even better than Olivia Newton-John. Evoking aged northern Rhones with bacon fat, rich undergrowth and asian spice. Feels like it will still improve.

A must-drink for anyone who disrespects Oz. Excellent on the verge of profound, this has aged even better than Olivia Newton-John. Evoking aged northern Rhones with bacon fat, rich undergrowth and asian spice. Feels like it will still improve.

Oct 18th, 2018
Matt Trader

In-laws are in town, which calls for Syrah side by sides!

Torbreck is one of the top producers in all of Australia, hands down. They focus on quality craft, with minimal intervention of the growing and wine making process to achieve the best representation of the Barossa Valley. Their name is Celt, and the wine's names are all paying to homage to The Torbreck Forrest in Scotland. The Factor is the manager of a Highland estate in Scotland. They're 100% estate production as well - The Factor is 100% Shiraz.

👀 - dark and inky in color, with high stain and long slow moving tears

👃- aromas of black tea, black pepper, grilled meat, tar, violet water, luxardo liqueur, dried herb

👅- ample acid, grippy but integrated tannin, viscous mouthfeel, with concentrated flavors of blackberry liqueur, strawberry, luxardo cherries, crushed stone, tobacco, black pepper, anise, and black olive.

Torbreck strives not only to make wine that perfectly describes the terrior of Barossa, but they also aim to produce in the fashion of their sisters in the Rhône Valley.

In-laws are in town, which calls for Syrah side by sides!

Torbreck is one of the top producers in all of Australia, hands down. They focus on quality craft, with minimal intervention of the growing and wine making process to achieve the best representation of the Barossa Valley. Their name is Celt, and the wine's names are all paying to homage to The Torbreck Forrest in Scotland. The Factor is the manager of a Highland estate in Scotland. They're 100% estate production as well - The Factor is 100% Shiraz.

👀 - dark and inky in color, with high stain and long slow moving tears

👃- aromas of black tea, black pepper, grilled meat, tar, violet water, luxardo liqueur, dried herb

👅- ample acid, grippy but integrated tannin, viscous mouthfeel, with concentrated flavors of blackberry liqueur, strawberry, luxardo cherries, crushed stone, tobacco, black pepper, anise, and black olive.

Torbreck strives not only to make wine that perfectly describes the terrior of Barossa, but they also aim to produce in the fashion of their sisters in the Rhône Valley.

Jun 2nd, 2018
Matt Trader

Another excellent wine! The Factor here is instead of co-fermented Shiraz/Vionier, this one is a 100% Shiraz. (Like my pun there?)

Anyway, down to brass tax. Pure expression of Shiraz from Barossa - you will be corrected by an Australian citizen if you say it "Bah-roe-ssah".. it is pronounced "Buh-raw-suh". Surprisingly, this wine was more floral in its aromatics than the two co-fermented wines, which I find Viognier brings to the mix. With their wines, smoke is definitely the theme, and with this one also comes aromas of jasmine tea, rosewater, decaying violets, a light tar component, dusty soil, espresso roast, bing cherry, black plum skin, and eucalyptus. The wine is dark, but even looks less rich than the RunRig and Descendant, with more medium plus tannins, and lean structure - over ripe strawberry, tobacco, charred beef, Smokey minerals, leather, black currant, and a textured finish. Beautiful layers to this wine, and less of the fruit forward nuances that a lot of Shiraz tends to have. Like a good Cornas. This wine really is a great reflection of the terrior of Barossa Valley, where there are the oldest Shiraz vines in the world, AND the oldest soils known on planet earth due to the fact that Australia has never seen an ice age, phylloxera, or any vine diseases.

Another excellent wine! The Factor here is instead of co-fermented Shiraz/Vionier, this one is a 100% Shiraz. (Like my pun there?)

Anyway, down to brass tax. Pure expression of Shiraz from Barossa - you will be corrected by an Australian citizen if you say it "Bah-roe-ssah".. it is pronounced "Buh-raw-suh". Surprisingly, this wine was more floral in its aromatics than the two co-fermented wines, which I find Viognier brings to the mix. With their wines, smoke is definitely the theme, and with this one also comes aromas of jasmine tea, rosewater, decaying violets, a light tar component, dusty soil, espresso roast, bing cherry, black plum skin, and eucalyptus. The wine is dark, but even looks less rich than the RunRig and Descendant, with more medium plus tannins, and lean structure - over ripe strawberry, tobacco, charred beef, Smokey minerals, leather, black currant, and a textured finish. Beautiful layers to this wine, and less of the fruit forward nuances that a lot of Shiraz tends to have. Like a good Cornas. This wine really is a great reflection of the terrior of Barossa Valley, where there are the oldest Shiraz vines in the world, AND the oldest soils known on planet earth due to the fact that Australia has never seen an ice age, phylloxera, or any vine diseases.

Jan 19th, 2018
Jeremy Shanker

Sommelier at RN74

8.9

Massive. Not a bad wine. Just something I have almost no use for.

Massive. Not a bad wine. Just something I have almost no use for.

Oct 14th, 2017
Ron R
9.5

WNH virtual tasting. Stupendous presentation. Loved this tonight. Love the boys, too.
A great gift from
@Joe Lucca. Thank you my brother!

WNH virtual tasting. Stupendous presentation. Loved this tonight. Love the boys, too.
A great gift from
@Joe Lucca. Thank you my brother!

1 person found it helpfulJun 8th, 2020
Dr. Owen Bargreen

The 2016 ‘The Factor’ Shiraz is a monumental wine from this storied estate. Aged for twenty four months in 40% new French oak, this Shiraz weighs in at 15.0% alcohol — but it shows outstanding poise considering the obvious heat of the vintage. On the nose this wonderfully perfumed Shiraz takes on suggestions of rose water and potpourri with red currant jelly and shades of kirsch and licorice that all meld together in the glass. The palate is dense and plush showing a wonderful sense of minerality and tremendous depth. Layers of mocha, exotic spices, creosote and espresso bean flavors run rampant with the high-toned bright red fruits and minerals. A simply stunning effort, this beautiful Shiraz is outstanding in its youth and has decades to go. Drink 2019-2040- 97

The 2016 ‘The Factor’ Shiraz is a monumental wine from this storied estate. Aged for twenty four months in 40% new French oak, this Shiraz weighs in at 15.0% alcohol — but it shows outstanding poise considering the obvious heat of the vintage. On the nose this wonderfully perfumed Shiraz takes on suggestions of rose water and potpourri with red currant jelly and shades of kirsch and licorice that all meld together in the glass. The palate is dense and plush showing a wonderful sense of minerality and tremendous depth. Layers of mocha, exotic spices, creosote and espresso bean flavors run rampant with the high-toned bright red fruits and minerals. A simply stunning effort, this beautiful Shiraz is outstanding in its youth and has decades to go. Drink 2019-2040- 97

1 person found it helpfulAug 18th, 2019
Jeremiah Allen

Balls deep

Balls deep

1 person found it helpfulSep 19th, 2015
William Hughes

Wow! Still plenty of life left in this wine! Strong aromas of saddle leather, dark cherries, and sweet spice. Floral notes came with some air. They carry through to the palate along with iodine and cola riding well integrated tannins.

Wow! Still plenty of life left in this wine! Strong aromas of saddle leather, dark cherries, and sweet spice. Floral notes came with some air. They carry through to the palate along with iodine and cola riding well integrated tannins.

Dec 3rd, 2016