Torzi Matthews Schist Rock Shiraz 2012 (Eden Valley, SA)
14%, Screwcap, $20
Dom Torzi calls this wine the ‘Son of Frost Dodger’ as it shares the same fruit as the Torzi Matthews Frost Dodger Shiraz, and is matured in ex Frost Dodger barrels. No dried grapes in this wine though, the style a little more conventional (in context).
What a delicious wine it is too – you really can’t ask for much more Shiraz for $20. Deep and richly purple in colour the nose all fruitcake, blackberry, cola and a liberal dose of black pepper. The palate is slick and slippery yet with fine chocolatey tannins and sufficient power to stop it falling into fruit bomb territory, a slight alcohol warmth the only speed hump on the admirably intense finish. Made without cynicism, just ripe textured Shiraz fruit and careful handling. Huge thumbs up from me with an extra point for sheer drinkability.
Score: 17.7/20, 92/100
Would I buy it? Yes.