Proprietors Domenic Torzi and Tracey Matthews are full of passion and the firm conviction of appreciating the value of heritage tradition in the crafting of their wines and extra virgin olive oils.
Torzi Matthews produce two examples of Shiraz from their Mt McKenzie vineyard; Schist Rock and their flagship Frost Dodger Shiraz. Torzi Matthews also produce a 'Frost Dodger' Riesling along with a selection of Italian varietals under his 'Vigna Cantina' range.
Sub-Region: Craneford & Mt McKenzie
Altitude: 350 meters - 450 meters
Vineyard Practices: Family traditional methods with a diet of composts, native grasses & flora as ground cover, low water imput and natural sprays for diseases. Soil: Complex sites that house thin sandy clay loams, Ironstone / quartz gravels with underlain schists. Trellis System: Single wire
Age of Vines: 49 - 89 years old
Yield per Vine: 2 kg / 1.8 ton per acre
Oak Treatment: None
Total Production: 7000 bottles
Vintage: Very dry winter and spring with wide frosts event produced the lowest crop load in 10 years. The old vine sites showed a healthy canopy to protect the small intense crop making this 2019 riesling of great cellaring potential with intense fruit, texture and structure.
Wine Making: Hand picked whole bunch pressed and free run only. Natural cold settling for 12 days then racked with little solids remaining for wild yeast ferment at low temperature for 6 weeks continuing with lees aging for 8 weeks for added texture, weight and complexity. Expect high tone aromatics of white stone fruits, white flowers & lime. The real star is the palate which reveals all of the aromatics but sears with texture, weight & persistence that finishes crisp, dry & long.