2008
Torzi-Matthews
'Schist Rock'
Shiraz
Eden Valley

2008
Torzi-Matthews
'Schist Rock'
Shiraz
Eden Valley

HOLY SCHIST!!! This is as good a value as you'll find in dry red wine anywhere. There are layers upon layers of complexity for the super-wine-geek but plenty of delicious bright fruit for those just looking for a scrumptious glass of booze.

The minerality is very apparent and for those that believe terroir doesn't exist for starters and that South Australia wines cannot show minerality, please think again. The cooler pockets of the Eden Valley allow for ample hang time without producing prune-like fruits. Fermentation occurs naturally with indigenous yeasts and 30% whole cluster fermentation. Soft pumpovers and hand plunging help ensure a delicate mouthfeel.

Bright ruby. Strikingly fresh, pure red berry and floral aromas are complemented by nuances of smoky minerals and black olive; smells like a wine from the northern Rhone. Sharply focused raspberry and blackcurrant flavors are given spine by a nervy mineral quality and gain an exotic floral quality with air. The finish strongly echoes the mineral and floral notes and lingers with admirable intensity. For the money this is a steal.

  • Region: Eden Valley
  • Varietal: 100% Shiraz
  • Vintage: 2008
  • Vineyard: Mount McKenzie
  • Vine Age: 16 years old
  • Yield: 2.2 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Clay Loam over a Shale Schist Rock Bed
  • Oak: 14 months in French barriques (70% second year and 30% seasoned)
  • Production: 1,000 cases
Winery & Regional Information
EDEN VALLEY

The high country of Eden Valley has a long history of viticulture equaling that of the Barossa Valley. Joseph Gilbert planted the first vines at his Pewsey Vale vineyard in 1847, the same year as the first plantings by Johann Gramp in the Barossa Valley at Rowland Flat. Eden Valley covers an area as large as that of the Barossa... Learn More »

TORZI-MATTHEWS

EDEN VALLEY

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 extra virgin olive oils. Learn More »

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