Torzi Matthews Frost Dodger Shiraz
Maybe it's the winemaking nerd in me, but I do love learning about the 'details' behind a wine. There is just much to be learnt from how different people handle the varied processes behind wine production, and all of it is interesting (or maybe that's just me).
Anyway, the reason why I mention this is that the Torzi Matthews website is loaded with info. Exact yields, precise oak mixes and certain detail on the maturation. All of it there to see, which is refreshing for an industry known for bullshit and generally rubbish websites.
The Frost Dodger is so named as Dom Torzi and Tracy Matthews vineyard is at Mt McKenzie on the edge of the Eden Valley, their plot known for its frosty reputation and generally marginal-ness.
This wine, their flagship, is made using a portion of fruit dried in an apassimento method. When this rack-dehydrated fruit is coupled with the cool, slightly minty vineyard character you end up with something really quite unique. Stir in Dom's restless winemaker experimentation (there's that nod to differing processes again) and you end up with what is, typically, a wine of some complexity.
Indeed this '13 fits that comfortably. Purple maroon coloured, this has a nose of molten purple fruit, chocolate and a little mint. Love the mint. Despite the alcohol, the only note of dried fruit is on the nose, the palate inky and purple jubey but quite pretty and balanced. Maybe even elegant (for a rich and full red).
Ultimately this is real wine. It doesn't feel fucked with, or overworked or anything. Just rich, and layered and minty and finely tannic.
Quality, commendable, big rich wine. Drink: 2015-2028. 18.5/20, 94/100
Details: 14.5%, Screwcap, $40, Sample
Would I buy it? I'd certainly consider it. Will be a very healthy wine in five years time. Good price too.
Buy online: Torzi Matthews website