2015 Torbreck Shiraz The Factor

Year: 2015
Appellation: Barossa Valley
Country: Australia
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 96
James Suckling: 97
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
Price :


"Juicy and vibrant up front, balancing power and elegance, this offers a precise mix of gingerbread, orange peel, date and black walnut notes that segue seamlessly into chocolate-covered dried blueberry and blackberry flavors. Everything comes together with tremendous grace and harmony on the long, epic finish. The polished tannins never get in the way. Shiraz. Drink now through 2028. 400 cases made, 175 cases imported. -MW" (WS)

"I'm a sucker for the complex floral and savory aromas on the nose of Torbreck's 2015 The Factor. It's 100% Shiraz aged in predominantly older oak and features notes of violets, hickory smoke, mint, blueberries and mocha. It's full-bodied but structured, with firm tannins and acids that give the palate shape and length. While nearly approachable now, it should age well for over a decade." (WA)

"This is a wine of impressive depth and detail with a strong delivery of ripe and lively black cherries, blackberries, blood plums and mulberries. Dark chocolate, baking spices and tarry nuances, too. The palate has immensely powerful flavors that are faithfully guarded with long, deep tannins, carrying a very confident, sexy and convincing expression of great Barossa shiraz. A superb wine. Drink or hold." (JS)

Winery Notes:
"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.

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 is the name of a forest near Inverness, Scotland and you’ll find more than a passing nod to the Celts in our wine naming conventions. The manager on a highland estate is referred to as The Factor.