Torbreck The Factor Shiraz 2001 750ml, Barossa Valley
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 98 pts - The 100% Shiraz offering, the exquisite 2001 The Factor, aged 24 months in French oak (30% new), possesses a roasted, Cote Rotie character than its Shiraz siblings. Blackberry, blueberry, espresso roast, smoke, and a roasted component are found in this intense, rich effort along with considerable structure, fabulous density, and a broad, deep, profound palate. - Oct 2004
James Halliday's Wine Companion - 94 pts - Dense red-purple; vanilla and cedar surround a rich core of black fruits; excellent extract and length; good oak. Date tasted 9 Dec 2003. Drink by 2016.
Wine Spectator - A big wine with an extraordinary sense of elegance, positively glowing with gorgeous blueberry, plum and white pepper flavors that skim across the palate like a sailboat in a perfect wind. Hints of mineral and spice weave through the long, long finish. Classic stuff. Drink now through 2015. 800 cases made. -HS Sep 15 2004