2023 Frost Dodger Riesling

Eden Valley Riesling At Its Purest

Old Vine Eden Valley Riesling sourced from two frost pocketed vineyards dating back to 1930.

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Region Eden Valley
Sub-Region Craneford & Mt McKenzie
Altitude 350 meters – 450 meters
Vineyard Practices Family traditional methods with a diet of composts, native grasses & flora as ground cover, low water imput and natural sprays for diseases.
Soil Complex sites that house thin sandy clay loams, Ironstone / quartz gravels with underlain schists.
Trellis System Single wire
Varietal Riesling
Age of Vines 53 – 93 years old
Alc/vol 12.5%
Closure Stelvin
Yield per Vine 2 kg / 1.8 ton per acre
Oak Treatment None
Total Production 15,000 bottles
Vintage Lovely mild vintage for the Barossa allowing for flavours to slowly build with excellent acid retention to aid in the wines freshness and styling has produced silver green streaked fruit of amazing flavours and natural holding acidity sees this 2023 Riesling release continue its stardom qualities to achieve another great cellaring offering.
Wine Making Whole bunch pressed and free run only. Natural cold settling for 12 days then racked with little solids remaining for wild yeast ferment at low temperature for 6 weeks continuing with lees aging for 8 weeks for added texture, weight and complexity. Again expect high tone aromatics of white stone fruits, grapefruit, white flowers & lime. The real star is the palate which reveals all of the aromatics but sears with powered fruit, spice, pith, texture, weight & persistence that finishes crisp, dry & long.


The Wine Front, Gary Walsh June 2023

Preserved lemon, white pepper and spice, white flowers, fennel, and fresh apricot. It’s juicy, quite yellow in flavour, with a fine dusty/chalky texture, bright acidity, pink grapefruit with some pith, almond, and a firm chalky finish of excellent length, with a cinch of citrus peel bitterness. Texture is lovely, and indeed, this Riesling continues to be one of the most distinctive offerings available from this country.

As an aside, it’s quite Italianate in its delivery, which of course I really like.

Andrew Graham MW – Ozwine Review Sept 23

It is one of the foremost Riesling in the country, and it is just $28 a bottle. What a blessed Riesling world we live in, hey?

Another sterling release in 2023, as well. As ever, the mark of Dom Torzi’s Riesling is the intensity – with this thump of green, crunchy fruit, celery, grapefruit and something chalky. Line up all the Eden Valley descriptors, and you’ve got them. A taut and linear release, though. For all that green fruit, the acidity isn’t harsh. It’s a firm, citrussy acidity, but so natural and right – you want to drink this, not hose the driveway.

What an archetypal dry Australian Riesling (and a bloody bargain).