|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||24 years|
|Yield per Vine||2 kg / 1.5 ton per acre|
|Oak Treatment||Matured in ex Frost Dodger Shiraz barrels with the addition of 10% new French oak barrels.|
|Total Production||12000 bottles|
|Vintage||Low winter rains and a dry season overall with fruit yields down 30% due to severe November frosts. Expect dark berry, plum, chocolate sticky date pudding and liquored cherry undertones. Plump full palate will nice rich berry and chocolatey notes on the palate, with creamy fine tannins to finish. A beautifully complex & flavoured Shiraz.|
|Wine Making||In the garage the shiraz fruit was gently destemmed including 30% 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 Winefront – Gary Walsh Dec 2020
Intense and packed with flavour. Ripe dark cherry, dark fruit cake and spice, a little violet and dried mint. It’s full-bodied, beefy and spicy, fine chalky tannin, dark chocolate and cherry, with a pretty long ripe finish. Very elemental as at now, with heaps of stuffing, and good potential.
Ozwine Review – Andrew Graham MW March 2021
Mark this new Torzi Matthews Schist Rock Shiraz 2020 as another absolute winner from Dom Torzi.
Chocolate and coffee bean oak, but not oaky, the palate taut, mid-weight, surprisingly tannic, and even introduces some truffley complexity in there too. Not profound in its fruit weight or intensity, but choc-full of dark-fruited Eden Valley Shiraz charisma for very few dollars. Yes yes! Best drinking: good to go, and for plenty of years yet.