2021 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 Vines25 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 Production20000 bottles
VintageGreat to see timely rainfall throughout the Barossa with falls being during critical times of the vines production thoughout the growing season. Great mild vintage for the  allowing for flavours to slowly build. This 2021 release is rich and plump, expect dark cherries, plum and chocolatey. A full palate with carries through from the aromatics with creamy fine tannins to finish. 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!


Ozwine Review – Andrew Graham MW



Following in the footsteps of other highlights like the 2020 or the 2018 releases, this Eden Valley Shiraz is just a genuinely charismatic affordable drink.

We need more wines like this, really.

It smells real. Vinous. Regional.There’s Eden Valley blackberry and truffle sausage fruit, the palate mid-weight with a certain black fruit earthen savoury edge. It’s not thick or concentrated, and indeed is a little tart. But this is a $25 Shiraz – it’s not trying to be a serious red, it’s meant to be a good, honest drink with heart.

It fits that bill perfectly. A great vintage too (although more savoury).