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 22 years
Yield per Vine 3 kg / 2.5 ton per acre
Oak Treatment Aged for 17 months in ex Frost Dodger barrels with the addition of 10% new French oak along with seasoned French oak barrels.
Total Production 17,000 bottles
Vintage Excellent winter rains and good fruit set was a good sign for a healthy vintage. Summer was mild to warm with a couple of rain events during January & February helped freshen things up leading into April harvest to produce a beautifully complex & flavoured shiraz.
Wine Making 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!