Torzi Matthews 1903 Old Vines Grenache Mataro of Domenico Martino 2012 (Barossa Valley, SA)
14.2%, Screwcap, $35
A mouthful of a name but I think you get the drift…
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This red blend comes from the irrepressible Dom Torzi, utilising fruit from the low yielding old Moppa Hill vineyard of Domenico Martino in the Barossa Valley. Its specifically a blend of 50% Grenache 50% Mataro, the fruit hand picked with both varieties fermented together (30% whole bunch) using natural vineyard yeasts in open top milk vats.
Oh and once fermentation had finished, this was then basket pressed to 3-4yr old oak where it then spends 14 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.
I like that handling. Modern handling, but with a gentle touch.
There is so very much I like much about this wine really. High-five Dom Torzi (again). I had ‘purity’ written down before even sighting the back label, the wine showcasing the mid-weight, bright and fruity Grenache grapiness apparent from the outset.
There’s a hint of carbonic tutti-frutti, and a veneer of vanilla bean oak, but otherwise it’s just lovely bright fruit, layers of flavour and fine tannins. It’s perhaps a little simple, a little warm but that wonderful pure red fruit is intoxicating (in more ways than one).
Delicious. I went back for more.
Score: 18/20, 93/100
Would I buy it? Yes.