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: 19 years
Yield per Vine: 3 kg / 2.5 ton per acre
Oak Treatment: Aged for 18 months in ex Frost Dodger barrels with the addition of seasoned French oaked 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 bearing yeasts birthed from the vineyard with 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 winter rains and good fruit set was a good sign to vintage 2015. The summer months between December and February was mild to hot but did receive a welcoming rain event in January. Temperatures abated late February and March leading into harvest produced a beautifully complex & flavoured hills shiraz.