2018 Frost Dodger Shiraz

Really quite unique.

Estate single vineyard wine grown in the chilly surrounds of Mt McKenzie in the Eden Valley crafted via our Italian heritage appassimento dry racking.

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RegionEden Valley
Sub-RegionMount McKenzie
Specified VineyardMount McKenzie
Altitude380 meters
Vineyard PracticesFamily traditional biological farming methods with a diet of composts, native grasses & flora as ground cover, low water imput and natural sprays for diseases.
SoilClay loam over a shaley schist rock bed.
Trellis SystemSingle wire
Age of Vines22 years
Yield per Vine3 kg / 2.5 ton per acre
Oak Treatment30% new French 300lt oak barrels with balance of seasoned 3yr old French 300lt oak barrels for 14 months
Total Production5,000 bottles
VintageGood 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 MakingIn 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!


Gary Walsh – The Wine Front July 2019

Rich and ripe, blackberry and blackcurrant of sweetness and intensity, mint chocolate, wheat, a little truffle and spice. Medium-bodied, dense and packed with thick ripe tannin, ripe raspberry and more savoury black olive and sundried tomato flavours. Finish is matted with ripe tannin and carries long. FD fans will be most pleased.

Andrew Graham MW Sept 2019

From Dom Torzi & Tracy Matthews family vineyard at Mount McKenzie in the Eden Valley, this incorporates 20% whole bunches and some appassimento drying in the mix – yet you wouldn’t know it. Instead, this carries that faint hint of mint and rosemary of Eden Valley Shiraz fruit, the style ripe but moderate in its expanse. You’re still in the Barossa, and the plush palate attests to that. But the weight, the ‘ahh, just rightness’ mediumness and whafts of sausage feels cooler. Almost Adelaide Hills-esque. Ultimately, this smooth, well-weighted Shiraz is everything you’d want in an Eden Valley red.