Torzi Matthews Schist Rock Shiraz 2022 - Eden Valley
Bottle size: 750ml
What gets you first is the nose which signals a wine that seems well above its price point in quality! Beautiful layered dark cherry, blueberry and focused blackberry intermixed with some earthy spice, subtle mint and dried herb nuances. The medium to full-bodied palate reflects characters that are on the nose with beautiful primary fruit, a little touch of oak, and fine tannin that gently grips and shapes the wine.
Seem to have missed a 2019 vintage, though maybe there never was one. Anyway, most often I like to drop a cube of ice into my red wine before drinking. Cools it nicely and kind of enhances the flavour.
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.
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. 17.7/20, 92/100. 14.5%, $25. Torzi Matthews website. Would I buy it? Well worth a bottle.
Domenic Torzi and Tracy Matthews, former Adelaide Plains residents, searched for a number of years before finding a block at Mt McKenzie in the Eden Valley. The block they chose is in a hollow; the soil is meagre, but they were in no way deterred by the knowledge that it would be frost-prone. The result is predictably low yields, concentrated further by drying the grapes on rack, thus reducing the weight by around 30% (the Appassimento method is used in Italy to produce Amarone-style wines). Newer plantings of sangiovese and negro amaro, and an extension of the original plantings of shiraz and riesling, have seen the wine range increase.
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