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 their wine naming conventions. The manager on a highland estate is referred to as The Factor.
Above average rains in 2014 filled the soil profile. This was followed by a helpful deluge for dry grown vineyards in January, 2015. Generally dry for the reminder of vintage, warm days and cool nights created the perfect ripening conditions.
2015 The Factor is predominantly from the Gomersal and Marananga sub-regions of the Barossa, providing dense texture and richness to the palate with subtle notes of olive tapenade, saddle leather and minerals. Ripe aromas of plum and wild blackberries, olive, pepper and spice are all supported by a dark core of espresso roast, ripe blackberries and saltbush. Brooding and densely packed, this lavish wine has ample generosity to cellar for many years, where it will slowly unravel its beguiling riches. Cellar for 12-15 years.
Tasting Note: Deep garnet, hues of purple. Aroma of plum and wild blackberries, olive,satsuma and mocha. Fruity tannins, firm, full bodied, round and plush on the palate.
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