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2016 Torbreck "Factor" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia

SKU #1452725 98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Dark fruit with iodine, muscle shell and hints of coal on the palate. Full-bodied, very tight and structured with steely tannins that give incredible length and poise. The greatest Factor I have ever tasted. Driven and brilliant. Inner quote mark (5/2019)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Torbreck's 2016 The Factor incorporates what winemaker Ian Hongell calls their "most structured Shiraz, from a lot of ironstone soils." It spends two years in French oak barriques, half of which were new, so it shows hints of cedar pencil shavings and toasted coconut layered over ripe blackberries and spice. Full-bodied, rich and velvety, it finishes long, with terrific energy and drive. It should prove to be one of the longest-lived wines from this lineup. (JC) Inner quote mark (2/2019)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Expressive and detailed, with dark chocolate, Earl Grey tea and sandalwood accents to the core of plum compote and blackberry fruit. The flavors and tannins are dense and compact, adding an appealing toothsome quality and showing promise for the cellar. (MW) Inner quote mark (11/2019)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark The year 2016 was one for dense, powerful and broadly textured reds in Barossa, and this wine delivers all of the above. Ripe plum and blackberry fruit are swathed in chocolaty, slightly charred veg oak notes. Black olives and earthy, peppery spices sit in the back seat. The palate achieves the classic Torbreck mouthfeel: rich, round, satiny and highly polished with a blanket of oak tucked into plush fruit. Big red lovers could drink this now with protein in front of a crackling fire, but cellaring will reap rewards. (CP) Inner quote mark (7/2020)

91 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark A blend of vineyards in Gomersal, Krondorf and Marananga, this is a tight, young shiraz with fragrant rose scents. It’s bright, full and rich, even as the spicy tannins give a light touch to the finish. Oak lends it some fine-grained sweetness, to match long-braised meats. Inner quote mark (10/2019)

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