2022 Schist Rock Shiraz

Son of Frost Dodger

Estate single vineyard wine grown in the chilly surrounds of Mount McKenzie in the Eden Valley, Barossa This label represents our rendition of Eden Valley, Barossa Shiraz which is the non dried portion fruit that of Frost Dodger Shiraz and is aged in ex Frost Dodger barrels.

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Region Eden Valley, Barossa
Sub-Region Mount McKenzie
Specified Vineyard Mount McKenzie
Altitude 380 meters
Vineyard Practices Family traditional responsible farming methods with a diet of composts, native grasses & flora as ground cover, low water input and natural sprays for diseases.
Soil Clay loam over a shaley schist rock bed
Trellis System Single wire
Varietal Shiraz
Age of Vines 26 years
Alc/vol 14.5%
Closure Stelvin
Yield per Vine 3 kg / 2.5 ton per acre
Oak Treatment Matured in ex Frost Dodger Shiraz barrels with the addition of 10% new French oak barrels.
Total Production 20000 bottles
Vintage Great mild vintage for the  allowing for flavours to slowly build. This 2022 release is rich and plump, expect dark cherries, plum and chocolatey. A full palate with carries through from the aromatics with velvety tannins to finish. A beautifully complex & flavoured Shiraz.
Wine Making In the garage the shiraz fruit was gently destemmed including 25% whole bunch into open top milk vats and fermented warm naturally and basket pressed to barrel to complete ferment. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Expect all that this label represents; wine enjoyment!


Ozwine Review – Andrew Graham MW Sept 23

If Dom Torzi’s Riesling is one of the biggest steals in Australian wine, then this Shiraz is worth mentioning in the same breath. The Torzi Matthews Schist Rock Shiraz 2022 is in such great form too.

Sourced from the family vineyard at Mt McKenzie. Eden Valley Shiraz from the outset. Plums, mushroom, leaf litter, and has a lovely dark berry sweet fruit intensity to it – midweight, savoury, yet plush and plump. It’s a bit light on tannins, which rounds it off, though that’s part of the appeal. An easily enjoyable, well-made Eden Valley Shiraz with presence for under $30.

Ray Jordan Top 100 The Western Australian July 23

This has been a reliable and consistent performer in the tastings. This comes from vineyards below Mount McKenzie in the Barossa Valley. It’s smoothly elegant and fragrant, but still with plenty of Barossa engine room power, albeit expertly harnessed and
presented. Vibrant with a nice spicy lift on the finish