|Region||Eden Valley, Barossa|
|Specified Vineyard||Mount McKenzie|
|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||23 years|
|Yield per Vine||3 kg / 2.5 ton per acre|
|Oak Treatment||Matured for 15 months in ex Frost Dodger Shiraz barrels with the addition of 10% new French & seasoned French oak barrels.|
|Total Production||20,000 bottles|
|Vintage||Good 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 Making||In 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!|
OZWINE REVIEW ANDREW GRAHAM MW OCT 2019
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.