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 responsible farming methods with a diet of composts, native grasses & flora as ground cover, low water input and natural sprays for diseases.
Soil: Clay loam over a shaley schist rock bed
Trellis System: Single wire
Age of Vines: 20 years
Yield per Vine: 3 kg / 2.5 ton per acre Oak Treatment: Aged for 16 months in ex Frost Dodger barrels with the addition of 10% new Hungarian oak & seasoned French oak barrels.
Total Production: 17,000 bottles
In the garage the shiraz fruit was gently destemmed including 25% whole bunch into open top milk vats and fermented warm with natural yeasts, soft pump overs, hand plunging and basket pressed to barrel to complete ferment. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Expect all that this label represents; wine enjoyment!
Vintage: Average rains and good fruit set was a good sign to vintage 2016. The spring and summer months was dry with some high temperatures. A welcoming rain event in January helped freshen things up with temperatures abated late February and March. Harvesting commenced late March to produce a beautifully complex & flavoured Barossa hills shiraz.