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: Mount McKenzie
Specified Vineyard: Mount McKenzie
Altitude: 380 meters
Vineyard Practices: Family traditional biological farming methods with a diet of composts, native grasses & flora as ground cover, low water imput and natural sprays for diseases.
Soil: Clay loam over a shaley schist rock bed.
Trellis System: Single wire
Age of Vines: 22 years
Yield per Vine: 3 kg / 2.5 ton per acre
Oak Treatment: 30% new French 300lt oak barrels with balance of seasoned 3yr old French 300lt oak barrels for 14 months
Total Production: 5,000 bottles
Vintage: Good winter & spring rainfalls with moderate soil moisture for the growing season ahead. Spring as per usual serving up a slight frost during the 1st week of November reducing yields. Estate showed healthy canopy heading into summer. January and February were warm & dry leading into early April harvest to produce a deliciously generous complex shiraz bursting with deep aromatics and flavours.
Wine Making: In the garage the hand harvested shiraz fruit was gently destemmed including 20% whole bunch into open top milk vats and fermented naturally with soft pump overs, and basket pressed to barrel to complete ferment. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Expect all that this label represents; wine enjoyment!