Here’s a dynamite, textbook Barossa Shiraz that is going to rock you. It floored The Wine Advocate, who said “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.” Are there any greater pleasures in the Southern Hemisphere than the inky, plummy, spicy pleasure of Barossa Shiraz like this?
The story of Torbreck could be titled; "Lumberjack revives forgotten vineyard, discovers grapes are out of this world good." It's the kind of idea that is genius in its simplicity, and yet when someone comes up with it, you wish you'd had the idea first. David Powell was working at Rockford (another amazing Aussie winery) in the 1990s when he saw a few parcels of neglected vines that needed some TLC. His rehabilitation efforts yielded some grapes that he turned into a little bit of wine. The juice was good, real good in fact and soon he was contracting to purchase the fruit. Other nearby land owners saw what Powell was doing (turning non-impressive vines into perennial performers), and they too invited in the "vine whisperer" to check out some of their vineyards in need of attention. In no time, David was trading his efforts in return for the right to "share farm" some of Barossa's most prized ancient-vine vineyards. Torbreck grew quickly, and Craig Isbel was brought in to run the cellar in 2006. He's since taken on the roll of winemaker, while David departed in search of his next big adventure. These days the T's have been crossed and the I's have been dotted - all the pieces in the right places, and we can't argue with the results.
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