Made 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. (RP)
Opaque ruby. Powerful dark berry liqueur aromas are complemented by a kaleidoscopic array of fresh and dried flowers, incense, Asian spices and vanilla. Suave and silky in texture, with explosive blackberry and mulberry flavors complemented by exotic spice and floral qualities. Finishes with superbly integrated tannins and outstanding persistence, leaving sexy spice and mocha notes in its wake. (JR)
Very dark. Sweet and sumptuous and and mulberries with masses of acidity. It certainly has the characteristics of old-vine wine without uncomfortable exaggerations. Very clean and certainly tarry. A sort of love-or-loathe wine. But it does finish gracefully. 17/20
Dark 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. (HS)
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