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Phillip White called Torzi Matthews Australia’s Best Bargain Winemaker with good reason.
The wines from Domenic Torzi and Tracy Matthews are some of the best buys in the Barossa Valley. Alongside their excellent range of ‘classic’ Barossa varieties, they grow a small amount of Italian varieties, inspired by their Italian heritage.
This is their extremely tasty rendition of Negro Amaro. It’s a spicy, savoury red with a strong backbone of tannin in support. Something “Different and delicious,” according to Gary Walsh’s 92 point review.
A great example of a seldom seen variety in Australia, and worth every penny for those exploring the plethora of Italian varieties appearing across the country.
What It Tastes Like
“This hits the spot straight away. Forest berries, liquorice, plenty of spice, slight whiff of smoky bacon and black olives rolled in herb. Medium bodied, fleshy and mouth-filling, but not heavy, with an array of meaty and spicy flavours, and plenty of length – again the olives in herbs. Value plus here. Different and delicious.” - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
92 points. “This hits the spot straight away. Forest berries, liquorice, plenty of spice, slight whiff of smoky bacon and black olives rolled in herb. Medium bodied, fleshy and mouth-filling, but not heavy, with an array of meaty and spicy flavours, and plenty of length – again the olives in herbs. Value plus here. Different and delicious.”
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
Region - Barossa Valley Sub-Region - Angaston
Specified Vineyard - Single vineyard that lays upon ironstone, clay loam over limestone Altitude - 360 metres Trellis System - Single wire Varietal - Negro Amaro 100% Age of Vines - 5 year old graft onto 50 year old semillon Yield per Vine - 3 kg / 2.5 ton per acre
Oak Treatment Seasoned French Saury & Francois Freres barriques for 11 months Total Production - 2,400 bottles Vintage - Average rains and good fruit set was a good sign to vintage 2016. The spring and summer months where dry with some high temperatures with welcoming rain event in January. Temperatures abated late February and March. Hand harvesting commenced mid March.
Wine Making - Made via 20% whole bunch wild yeast ferment in small open top fermenters, soft pump overs, basket pressed to barrel to complete ferment and bottled unfiltered.
Style - A truly charismatic red table wine with high perfumed dark red spiced summer fruits that runs through the palate with added licorice, violets and smoked cured meats and the finish is long, fresh and lively with lovely ripe fine tannins.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2020
About the Producer
With a family history steeped in European custom, the wines of Dominic Torzi are made in a traditional, low-interventionist way. Grown and hand picked on their cool, marginal site on the cusp of Barossa and Eden Valley, these are refined and honest wines crafted with a European sensibility. With an array of alternate varieties as well as the traditional Barossa staples, the Torzi Matthews wines are some of the most interesting and best value in the region.
The Barossa has a big reputation. Big in every sense of the word. Known for producing blockbusting examples of impenetrable old vine Shiraz and Grenache envied by much of the world, it is a region that should be celebrated as the region that first put Australian wine on the map. Now, with a new generation of winemakers reinventing the region, there’s more than just power in the Barossa’s bag of tricks. With a move toward picking earlier and pulling back on oak maturation, there’s a fresher, more subtle side to Barossa wine which offers plenty to the modern Australian wine lover.
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