2009 Torbreck "Factor" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia

SKU #1137875 96 points James Halliday

 Deep purple-crimson; this shiraz achieves its full-bodied weight with ease, indeed outright nonchalance; its bouquet heralds the blackberry and dark chocolate fruit to come on the textured palate, the ripe tannin and oak contributions in immaculate balance.  (2/ 2013)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 The Factor begins with lovely warm blackberry and creme de cassis notes highlighted by mulberries, mincemeat and dusty earth scents. Very big, rich and full, the palate has some dried berry character, a firm level of chewy tannins, balanced acid freshness and a long finish. Drink it from 2014 to 2024+.  (2/ 2013)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Ripe and spicy, playing its black cherry, smoke and cream flavors against fine tannins and a rich but open texture, finishing with plushness. This has the length and balance for aging. Shiraz. Best from 2015 through 2025  (8/ 2013)

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By: Jim Chanteloup |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/28/2013  | Send Email
The "Factor" is a big boy that is dense and concentrated with blackberry,meats, leather, tar, dark chocolate, truffle, charcoal, pepper, pencil lead and a hint of camphor in the back. On the palate there is a powerful core of fruit that is enhanced by mineral accents and a ripe tannin structure. Have this with wild boar or cassoulet.

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/27/2013  | Send Email
Huge concentration of dark fruits, sweet violets and some gamey meaty notes on the nose. On the palate the wine shows similar ripe dark berries with a candied edge. The tannins are super fine and very ripe. A soft supple milk chocolate texture. Ultra saturated and soft with heavy dark fruit and wood spice.

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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley and Pyrenees in Victoria and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. While many equate Aussie wines with "value", there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Barossa Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5