The brusk Domenic Torzi has done it again (everyone seems to keep repeating this line!) with yet another stellar Frost Dodger offering from the 2013 vintage. This is the 11th release of a wine which represents the best of the Eden Valley combined with excellent winemaking skills. The wine originates from a single vineyard in Mt McKenzie residing at 380m altitude. The 2013 vintage started with very average winter conditions followed by spring frosts which resulted in a reduced crop. The summer ripening conditions were relatively consistent and this allowed the fruit to develop more complex characteristics. The harvest was dry racked to concentrate the sugars and flavours in the fruit, then 35% whole bunch pressed into open top milk vats for warm natural fermentation. Matured for 20 months in 25% new French puncheons and the rest in seasoned French oak barrels.
$40 direct from winery. The wine pours an impenetrable black blood ruby. Its youthfulness is obvious, the aromas are compacted into a concentrate of prune, anise, toasted sesame, blackberry liquor and violets. It’ll be very interesting to see how this evolves over the next 5-7 years. A silky mouthfeel, intense fruit flavours with pulsing waves of rich acidity. It’s loaded with dark weighty flavours, prune and blackberry fruit, anise, fennel, the savoury pull of tannins provide an appropriate backbone. And it certainly doesn’t relax on the finish. 14.5% alc. A production of 4600 bottles, there will be no 2014 and 2015 releases so grab a couple of these 2013s to last you through the dry spell. Enjoy this with dessert, some dark chocolate or strong aged cheese like reggiano Parmesan or Gorgonzola. 95-96/100.