2018 Schist Rock Shiraz

Son of Frost Dodger

Estate single vineyard wine grown in the chilly surrounds of Mount McKenzie in the Eden Valley, Barossa This label represents our rendition of Eden Valley, Barossa Shiraz which is the non dried portion fruit that of Frost Dodger Shiraz and is aged in ex Frost Dodger barrels.

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RegionEden Valley, Barossa
Sub-RegionMount McKenzie
Specified VineyardMount McKenzie
Altitude380 meters
Vineyard PracticesFamily traditional responsible farming methods with a diet of composts, native grasses & flora as ground cover, low water input and natural sprays for diseases.
SoilClay loam over a shaley schist rock bed
Trellis SystemSingle wire
Age of Vines23 years
Yield per Vine3 kg / 2.5 ton per acre
Oak TreatmentMatured for 15 months in ex Frost Dodger Shiraz barrels with the addition of 10% new French & seasoned French oak barrels.
Total Production20,000 bottles
VintageGood winter & spring rainfalls, with good soil moistures for the growing season ahead. Site showed healthy canopy heading into summer. January and February were warm & dry leading into April harvest to produce a beautifully complex & flavoured shiraz.
Wine MakingIn the garage the shiraz fruit was gently destemmed including 25% whole bunch into open top milk vats and fermented warm naturally and basket pressed to barrel to complete ferment. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Expect all that this label represents; wine enjoyment!



The second label to the glorious ’18 Frost Dodger and is basically the non dried fruit portion and aged in ex-Frost Dodger barrels.

What a $25 wine it is too. Fennel, dark chocolate and dark berries with a little mint. Maybe a bit more diffuse than the top dog (which has the added complexity of air-dried fruit), but this is plush fruited and generous with a liberal dose of spice and light tannins. Modern Barossa in a good way.

You could pay $40 a bottle and get less wine.

Would I buy it? Absolutely.

The Winefront – Gary Walsh Aug 2019

Incredible value. Dom Torzi sets a modest price, but is invariably confident about the quality of his wines.

Bright blueberry and blackberry, plenty of pepper and spice, potpourri perfume. It’s medium bodied, sleek and dark cherry juicy, super fine tannin, some meaty and nutty flavours, gentle stony tannin pulling along the finish.