Torbreck 2004 The Factor

Posted on December 8, 2012

Torbreck has an interesting background. Founder Dave Powell fermented the first 3-tons of Shiraz (Syrah) in 1994 from an ancient vineyard he had nurtured back to health over the previous three years. This became the first Torbreck wine. Powell used share cropping agreements to take the reins managing vineyard sites throughout Barossa Valley and built Torbreck into an internationally acclaimed brand over the past sixteen years. Torbreck now works with over two dozen vineyards, producing Rhone-style wines using grapes varieties Grenache, Marsanne, Mourvedre, Roussanne, Shiraz, and Viognier.

'The Factor' is "a homage to the great old Shiraz vines of the Barossa Valley and the growers who painstakingly tend and nurture them each year". The 2004 was aged for 24 months in 100% French oak (30% new).


Winery - Torbreck Wines

Location - Barossa Valley, Australia

Wine - Torbreck 2004 The Factor

Grape Varieties - Shiraz (Syrah)

Appellation - Barossa Valley

Alcohol - 14.5% v/v

Price - $120 AUD

Nose/Aroma - Rich dark berries and dusty oak with a slight floral note.

Palate/Flavors - Beautifully structured wine, velvety mouthfeel balanced with good acid. Flavors of Black cherries and blueberries, pipe tobacco, and a certain meatiness. Long finish of dried currant and mocha.

Food Pairing - Seared quail with red wine reduction sauce and sauteed chanterelle mushrooms.


Comments - This is a wonderful wine, very elegant yet powerful. Interesting experience drinking this without any background knowledge (I knew that it was a Barossa Shiraz, probably of decent quality due to the packaging but that was pretty much it; I had it buried in my collection, with no idea where it came from). I shared this with my dad and we were both pleasantly surprised by its quality, and not surprised when we found out it had a hefty price tag and some good reviews.