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Torbreck Shiraz The Factor 2018, Barossa Valley, Australia

RM519.20

Size: 750ml, Alcohol: 15%

James Suckling Top 100 Wines of 2021 – Torbreck Shiraz The Factor 2018, Barossa Valley, Australia

Grape Variety

100% Shiraz

Tasting Notes

The Factor is predominantly from the Gomersal and Marananga sub-regions of the Barossa, providing dense texture and richness to the palate with subtle notes of olive tapenade, saddle leather and minerals. Ripe aromas of Satsuma plum, wild blackberries, dark chocolate and five spice entwined with a dark core of espresso roast, ripe mulberries and saltbush.

Brooding and densely packed, this lavish wine has ample generosity to cellar for more than 20 years, where it will slowly unravel its beguiling riches.

Critic Reviews

98 Points: James Suckling’s Top 100 Wines of 2021 | Torbreck Shiraz The Factor 2018, Barossa Valley, Australia

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.

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Description

“The Factor pays homage to the Barossa’s unique point of difference – great old Shiraz vineyards and the growers who painstakingly tend and nurture them each year.”

The manager on a highland estate is referred to as The Factor.

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’s STORY

The Road to Perfection

Torbreck is on a quest to become one of the world’s great wine marques.

A critical part of this journey is remaining unwaveringly true to our core vision and not being diverted by trends and fashions.

SINCE 1994 TORBRECK HAS BEEN COMMITTED TO CREATING EXCEPTIONAL RHONE STYLE RED AND WHITE WINES REFLECTING THE VERY BEST VINEYARDS IN AUSTRALIA’S FAMOUS BAROSSA.

Provenance is everything to us. We believe the Barossa is the most exciting place to make wine in the world, with its gentle Mediterranean climate and 175 years of Silesian and English commitment to winemaking and grape-growing.

There is a European sense of tradition here that means vines planted in the 1840s – many of them Rhone varieties such as Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvédre – still thrive and bear fruit of unique concentration and flavour.

Torbreck pays tribute to these vineyards with minimal intervention, creating wines of richness, structure and length that age gracefully.

The multi-generational growers, whose descendants arrived here nearly two centuries ago, are the backbone of Torbreck’s winemaking aspirations. Without their knowledge of the seasons and the soil, we would not have such a precious resource of fruit to work with.

Torbreck has also been fortunate to have the opportunity to invest in the protection of some of the Barossa’s most precious vineyards, after accepting fruit from them over many years. The historic Hillside Vineyard at Lyndoch, The Laird Vineyard in the sub-region of Marananga and the Greenock Keller Vineyard owned by the Schultz family, are all now under the custodianship of Torbreck.

Torbreck Shiraz The Factor 2018, Barossa Valley, Australia

VINTAGE

An above average winter rainfall led into a below average spring and summer rainfall, producing small bunches and small berries, leading to a reduced yield. Quality was certainly high, particular amongst our red varieties of Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro. 2018 wines will be remembered for their impressive colour, structure and longevity.

Grape Variety: 100% Shiraz

Sub-regions: Gomersal, Krondorf, Marananga, Ebenezer

Harvest: 15th March – 4th April 2018

Maturation: 24 months in a combination of new (40%), second fill and seasoned French oak barriques

Alc/Vol: 15%

pH: 3.60

Acidity: 5.97g/L

Colour: Deep Purple, almost black.

Aroma: Intense black fruits such as satsuma plum, blackberry and boysenberry. Dark chocolate, roasted espresso and liquorice.

Palate: Plush, soft and textural with a deep core of fruits supported by gentle yet concentrated tannins and long acidity.

Cellar: 20+ years

Source: https://torbreck.com/

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