Torbreck The Factor 2020

Torbreck The Factor 2020

 

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Torbreck
The Factor 2020
  • Vintage : 2020
  • Country : Australia
  • Region : Barossa Valley
  • Subregion
  • Type : Red
  • Style : Deep Full Bodied
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 15°
  • Grappes : 100% Syrah

Experts Score Vintage
RP Robert Parker 96 2020
JH James Halliday 96 2020
JS James Suckling 95 2020
WE Wine Enthusiast 92 2020
WS Wine Spectator 93 2019
DCT Decanter 96 2018
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 94 2017
BC Bob Campbell MW 94 2017
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History of Torbreck Estate

Torbreck Vintners was founded in 1994 by David Powell, a former lumberjack, who discovered neglected old-vine Shiraz vineyards in the Barossa Valley. Inspired to create a winery, Powell began by share-farming, a system where he managed the vineyards in exchange for a share of the grape yield. This allowed him to source high-quality fruit from some of the oldest and most prestigious vineyards in the region.

Torbreck's first wine, RunRig, was produced in 1995 from just three tonnes of Shiraz and Viognier grapes. The winery quickly gained international acclaim, particularly following a highly favorable review in The Wine Advocate​​​​.

In 2008, Torbreck completed a state-of-the-art winery and bottling facility, which allowed for complete control over the vinification process.

The estate changed ownership in 2013 when David Powell left, and Peter Kight, the current owner, continues to uphold the winery's high standards​​.

Region and Vineyards

Torbreck is situated in the Barossa Valley, a region renowned for its warm Mediterranean climate and diverse soil types, ideal for producing robust and complex red wines. The Barossa Valley, protected by the Mount Lofty Ranges, is known for its hot, sunny days and cooler nights, which are perfect for growing Shiraz. The valley's soils range from clay to sandy loam and red-brown earth, contributing to the complexity and intensity of the wines produced.

The estate also sources grapes from the Eden Valley, a cooler region with higher altitudes, contributing to the aromatic and structured nature of some of its wines. Eden Valley is known for its well-drained granite and sandy loam soils, producing Shiraz that is more elegant and has a characteristic minerality.

These regions allow Torbreck to create wines with a balance of elegance and intensity​.

Wine Range

Torbreck offers a diverse range of wines, focusing primarily on Rhone varieties such as Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro. Their flagship wines include:

  • The Laird: A single-vineyard Shiraz, one of the most expensive wines in Australia, known for its power and complexity.
  • RunRig: A blend of Shiraz and Viognier, often compared to the wines of Côte Rôtie, known for its rich, aromatic profile.
  • Descendant: A Shiraz/Viognier blend sourced from vines planted with cuttings from the RunRig vineyards.
  • The Factor: Made from old-vine Shiraz, aged in French oak, known for its deep, brooding character.
  • The Steading: A blend of Grenache, Shiraz, and Mataro, inspired by Châteauneuf-du-Pape​​​​.

Did you know?

Torbreck’s name is derived from a forest near Inverness, Scotland, reflecting founder David Powell’s heritage. This influence extends to the naming of their wines, such as The Laird and The Steading, which pay homage to Scottish traditions and landscapes​​​​.

Robert Parker (RP) : 96 Points (2020)
The 2020 The Factor is 100% Shiraz and made up of fruit from Gomersal, Krondorf, Marananga and Ebenezer in the Barossa Valley. The wine was matured for 24 months in a combination of new (40%) and seasoned French oak barriques. In the glass, the wine verges on black, and the nose echoes this abyss-like shade. Blackberry, blood plum, black cherry, licorice, campfire embers, cocoa dust, clove, iodine, vanilla pod and red dirt—this is the core of the wine, the beating heart. The tannins, like a skeleton that protects it, are velvety, plush and structural. Like a skeleton, the tannins are entrenched in the fruit, concealed by a skin of flavor. This is a sybaritic, superstar wine that reflects the warm, concentrated, dry, low-yielding vintage from whence it came. This is classic, polished, midnight Torbreck here.

James Halliday (JH) : 96 Points (2020)
Shiraz from the parishes of Gomersal, Krondorf, Marananga and Ebenezer matured in French oak (40% new) for 24 months. This year's Factor sports an inky, graphite-led intensity of fruit and a sense of purity. Compression, too, with deep satsuma plum, blackberry and black cherry fruits initially feeling compact and tight before exploding onto the palate with substantial tannin heft and layers of dark spice, cedar, licorice and dark chocolate. While you could happily tuck into this tonight, it will cellar like a champion.

James Suckling (JS) : 95 Points (2020)
Intense iron and blackberries with black olives. Salted licorice. Dried decadent meat, too. Full and rich with an intensity and density, yet it goes on and on. Muscular yet racy. This needs a few years to open, but not over done. Plenty of intensity.

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 92 Points (2020)
Rich, ripe black currant, ground pepper and toasty oak-spice aromas are a powerful start to this muscular wine. On the palate, the plush fruit holds its own but the massive, saliva-zapping tannins are a bit hard to take at the moment. A few more years in bottle should settle things down and morph this into a lovely, winter-warming red.

Wine Spectator (WS) : 93 Points (2019)
Generous and plush, with milk chocolate accents to the wild blackberry and huckleberry core, with details of caramel, palo santo, tobacco, sage and red licorice. Gains complexity and intensity on the long, dense and velvety finish. Shiraz. Drink now.

Decanter (DCT) : 96 Points (2018)
Chock full of flavour, this charismatic Shiraz oozes Barossa from every pore. Fine tannins tightly frame black cherry-berry fruit, cep powder, cocoa and iron filings for a dry profile and compelling tension. In and among it all, notes of smoked meat, espresso, cedar, graphite, garrigue and violet creams snag the attention. Incisive acidity enhances length and drive.

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 94 Points (2017)
Opaque ruby. Smoke-tinged black and blue fruit, incense, cola and roasted coffee aromas are sharpened by a building suggestion of exotic, pepper spices. Deeply concentrated yet lithe on the palate, offering intense cassis, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors that turn sweeter on the back half. Finishes with excellent clarity, mounting tannins and strong, spicy thrust, leaving resonating vanilla and mocha notes behind.

Bob Campbell MW (BC) : 94 Points (2017)
Deep, dark red/purple colour and a bouquet of black fruits and graphite, dark chocolate and hints of creosote. It's a big, bold, ballsy wine with guts and grip, and not as elegantly-structured as RunRig, the finish slightly chewy and warm from the alcohol. This is a big mother! It will be long lived. (2/2020)

Torbreck The Struie 2021
Torbreck The Struie 2021
Torbreck
The Struie 2021
WS
94
RP
96
WE
92
Torbreck The Struie is an expressive and complex Shiraz, blending fruit from the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley. It showcases the harmonious interplay between these two prestigious regions, delivering a wine of both elegance and intensity.
49,50 €
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Torbreck The Steading 2021
Torbreck The Steading 2021
Torbreck
The Steading 2021
RP
95
JS
94
WS
92
If any one wine we produce most exemplifies what Torbreck is, then it's this wine, our ode to the great old vines, planted at the turn of last century, that survived the vine-pull scheme of the 1980's.
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Torbreck Woodcutter
Torbreck Woodcutter's Semillon 2020
Torbreck
Woodcutter's Semillon 2020
VN
91
WS
90
RP
91
Fashioned with the savoury, food friendly dry whites of Southern France in mind, the Woodcutter's Semillon is the ideal tonic after a long day in the vineyard...
23,00 €
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Torbreck Woodcutter
Torbreck Woodcutter's Shiraz 2021
Torbreck
Woodcutter's Shiraz 2021
RP
91
JS
96
JH
92
The name Woodcutter's stems from when Torbreck founder David Powell spent several years working in the Scottish Highlands as a lumberjack or woodcutter in the Torbreck forest.
27,50 €
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Torbreck Cuvee Juveniles 2022
Torbreck Cuvee Juveniles 2022
Torbreck
Cuvee Juveniles 2022
RP
92
WS
92
WE
91
Torbreck Cuvée Juveniles is a vibrant and expressive wine inspired by the classic Côtes du Rhône bistro wines. It combines the traditional Barossa varieties with Rhone varietals, offering a unique blend that delights both Francophiles and Barossa fans.
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Torbreck Run Rig 2020
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Run Rig 2020
WS
93
RP
97
WE
96
The RunRig has drawn comparison with the beautifully fragrant & tautly structured wines produced from the slopes of the Northern Rhône Valley's Appellation of Côte Rôtie.
261,00 €
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Torbreck Old Vines GSM 2019
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Torbreck Descendant 2019
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Torbreck The Laird 2019
Torbreck The Laird 2019
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RP
97
JH
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WE
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Torbreck The Laird is an iconic Australian Shiraz, renowned for its exceptional quality and depth, and often regarded as one of the finest expressions of Barossa Valley Shiraz.
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