2017 Torbreck ‘The Factor’ Barossa Valley Shiraz
Torbreck has a reputation for producing big, rich Shiraz and for its previous owners’ wild ways. The wines have a large following in the US. The Factor pays homage to the tireless work of the Torbreck growers. Many of the vineyards they look after 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.