2020 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 Vines24 years
Yield per Vine2 kg / 1.5 ton per acre
Oak TreatmentMatured in ex Frost Dodger Shiraz barrels with the addition of 10% new French oak barrels.
Total Production12000 bottles
VintageLow 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 MakingIn 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.


A generous and highly flavoursome shiraz from the Mt McKenzie area of Eden Valley. It’s a smooth and textured lively shiraz, reflecting the cooler influences of this part of the Eden Valley high above the Barossa. Dark chocolate and blackberry with luscious liqueur cherry and plum flavours.

Love the grainy mouthfeel.

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.