Torbreck The Factor 2004
Wine AdvocateMade from 100% Shiraz that spent 24 months in French oak (30% new), the exuberant, flamboyant 2004 The Factor offers up gorgeously pure blueberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with smoke, bacon fat, camphor, and graphite. Silky smooth, and, as David Powell says, "the most Barossa-like" of all his wines, it represents Powell's rendition of a Cote Rotie. It can be drunk over the next 15-20 years.
Wine EnthusiastPerfumed on the nose, with hints of roses, pepper and game all adding complexity atop the base of berries and earth. This is wonderfully creamy in texture and crammed with lush fruit, but by no means is it what you'd dismissively call a fruit bomb, as there is considerable nuance to the flavors, ending on notes of pepper, meat and dried spices. Drink now-2020.
Wine SpectatorDark and spicy, with a strong orange peel character to the black cherry and licorice flavors, picking up a gamy note as the finish lingers. The tannins are crisp and need time to soften. Shiraz. Best after 2008.