|Specified Vineyard||Mount McKenzie|
|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||18 years|
|Yield per Vine||2.5 kg / 2.3 ton per acre|
|Oak Treatment||30% new 50/50 French & Hungarian oak 500lt barrels for 20 months with balance in seasoned French oak 225lt barrels|
|Total Production||4,600 bottles|
|Vintage||Average winter rains and average fruit set was a sign of a low cropping vintage with spring as per usual serving up a slight frost during the 1st week of November reducing yields by 10%. The summer months between December and March was dry, mild to warm conditions with no temperature extremes leading into April harvest to produce a generous complex shiraz bursting with deep aromatics and flavours.|
|Wine Making||In the garage the shiraz fruit was gently destemmed including 35% whole bunch into open top milk vats and fermented warm with natural yeasts 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!|
Andrew Graham July 2015
The Frost Dodger is so named as Dom Torzi and Tracy Matthews vineyard is at Mt McKenzie on the edge of the Eden Valley, their plot known for its frosty reputation and generally marginal-ness.
This wine, their flagship, is made using a portion of fruit dried in an apassimento method. When this rack-dehydrated fruit is coupled with the cool, slightly minty vineyard character you end up with something really quite unique.
Stir in Dom’s restless winemaker experimentation and you end up with what is, typically, a wine of some complexity.
Purple maroon coloured, this has a nose of molten purple fruit, chocolate and a little mint. Love the mint. Despite the alcohol, the only note of dried fruit is on the nose, the palate inky and purple jubey but quite pretty and balanced. Maybe even elegant (for a rich and full red).
Ultimately this is real wine. Just rich, and layered and minty and finely tannic.
Quality, commendable, big rich wine.
THE VINSOMNIAC – STUART ROBINSON AUGUST 2015
Silken smooth, glossy, concentrated; pastille like, generous in its flavour and execution. For all that ripeness, it’s a wine of balance, depth and perfect for a cool evening with its all encompassing manner.
Deceptive black fruited length just seals the deal.
Campbell Mattinson – The Wine Front June 2015
Characterised by both the cascading softness of the fruit, and the strong influence of eucalypt / mint. This wine really does fall over itself in its attempts to keep you happy.
It’s lifted, generous, ripe, well-balanced and ever-so-slurpable. It’s also deceptively well structured.