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    Torzi Matthews 'Frost Dodger' Riesling 2019

    Torzi Matthews 'Frost Dodger' Riesling 2019

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    Hand picked whole-bunch pressed then racked. With little solids remaining for wild yeast fermentation at low temperatures for 6 weeks, continuing with lees aging for 8 weeks, provides texture, weight and complexity. High tone aromatics of white stone fruits, white flowers and lime. The real star is the palate which reveals all of the aromatics but sears with texture, weight and persistence that finishes crisp, dry and long.


    Torzi Matthews, a food and winemaking partnership between Domenic Torzi and Tracy Matthews have passion and the firm conviction of appreciating the value of heritage tradition in the crafting of their wines and olive produce. Domenic is fifth generation Calabrian – Abruzzese stock and grew up on the Adelaide Plains working for the family’s market gardens, Tracy was born and raised in Newcastle, NSW with a long career in hospitality. In 1996 we stumbled across a small, frost-pocketed hollow in the beautiful Mt McKenzie, Eden Valley and fell in love with the area for its remoteness and its diverse thin soils. The rationale was quite simple: this land would produce low yields of fruit which in turn would translate into flavoursome European style wines – the style of wines needed to match our Mediterranean food. We had plenty of detractors and lots of unsolicited advice, some good, some …well some people don’t have vision. The vines went in, the frosts came, the yields were low and the wines were created. Self taught as a youngster it was quite natural being involved in the production of wine for own consumption, with that confidence our wines are crafted via non-interventional Italian / European techniques that employs careful hand harvesting, whole bunch natural ferments, basket pressed and the use of fine grained French oak barrels.


    The Eden Valley makes up the remaining half of the Barossa region, lying at a higher altitude than the valley floor with leaner, bonier soils and vineyards to 650 metres. Compared to the Barossa Valley, the vineyards are spread out sparsely in the Eden Valley, dotted amongst ancient gums, quartz outcrops and river courses and it is home to some incredibly old vines, most notably Henschke’s Hill of Grace vineyard, planted in 1860. The Shiraz up here is finer than the valley floor; more elegant, less horsepower and has an impressive track-record of cellar worthiness. Riesling too excels, with the Yalumba’s Pewsey Vale and Contours vineyards in the High Eden leading the way. Again diversity rules and in Flaxman Valley you’ll find the concentrated, full-throttle wines of Chris Ringland virtually next door to the beautiful natural wines from Tom Shobbrook and Abel Gibson of Ruggabellus. That’s why we love it. Local Knowledge: Take a drive out to peer at the ancient ancestor vines at Hill of Grace and then check out the wonderful Casa Carboni wine bar in Angaston.


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