2021 Francesca Grillo Collina Calcarea Syrah

Special & Pure.

A Syrah bearing my mothers name that expresses her softly spoken manners in a style she orchestrated me to vinifi for her via her up bringing of a natural progression of zero sulfite dosage.
Vineyard ~ home vines located in the Angaston Hills at an altitude of 380mt that lays upon a thin soiled limestone ridge.
A true vino di tavola 750ml crown seal.

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Region Barossa
Sub-Region Angaston
Altitude 380 metres
Soil Clay loam over Limestone
Trellis System Single wire
Varietal Shiraz
Age of Vines 8 years
Alc/vol 13.5%
Closure Crown
Yield per Acre 2 ton
Treatment Planted in 2014 to 3 unique Barossa shiraz clones; Steinert Flaxman Valley, Tolley Nuriootpa & Stonewell Marananga these three achieved light, shade and comfort in its styling from the Barossa eastern, western hills and valley floor sites that are now embedded at our Angaston Village home on a 380mt limestone enriched hill. Hand harvested 30% whole bunch naturally fermented in open milk vats, basket pressed to ex white Chardonnay Burgundian 300lt barrels & bottled unfiltered.
Total Production 4250 x 750ml bottles
Vintage Great to see timely rainfall throughout the Barossa with falls being during critical times of the vines production thoughout the growing season. Great mild vintage for the  allowing for flavours to slowly build with excellent acid retention to aid in the wines freshness. This 2021 release is deliciously showy of poise and wonder.
Style The nose is wonderfully perfumed of violets, raspberries and blueberries. Delicious palate that carries over from the aromas with added dark berries which are dense but delicate. Finishes long with lovely fine tannins – Just an amazing drink!


Ozwine Review – Andrew Graham MW June 2022

As I was tasting this Torzi Matthews Syrah, I kept thinking about the Souhaut I had on holidays back in May. That Saint Joseph had the same peppered red fruit Syrah character and liveliness, but this backs it up with tannins and body and flavour. They share so much, stylistically, just that this wine had the volume number turned up higher.

The production story for the Torzi Matthews Francesca Grillo Collina Calcarea Syrah 2021 is a post in itself, but suffice to call it a low fi Eden Valley Shiraz made with 30% whole bunches, fermented in old milk vats, matured in older oak, bottled without fining, filtering or preservatives. Nice.

All juice it is too. Great colour, it’s like ink. But overripe it is not – tilled earth, plush black jellybean and dark berries, fine tannins and just a real liveliness. Mid weight, very much a Syrah, yet that olive tapenade thing is pure Eden too.

Maybe needs a little more tannin to be a superstar, But a lovely red.

The Winefront – Gary Walsh Dec 2021

What a wonderful and individual wine this is, you could be in the Eden Valley, or Ardèche, or the Northern Rhône, but what you have here is a superb wine of distinction, with the quirky closure of a crownseal, made by the gentle hand of a man who makes it as a tribute to his dear Mum.

So purple. So vital. Grilled meat, spicy, blueberry and fresh blackberry, violet perfume. Medium-bodied, savoury, meaty and spicy, but pure of intense black fruit – blackcurrant, raspberry,  sage, succulent, yet tight. So fresh, hazelnut and fine-grained silty tannin, a graphite feel to it, maybe even some liquorice and Averna-like richness. Finish is long, clean and focussed.

Yes. Special wine. Outstanding.