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Airline pilots make surprisingly good wine. Their appreciation of the sciences, a respect for the weather and a bird's eye view of the land, all invaluable to the winemaker's art. John Ellis would take every opportune weekend away from his regular New York Paris route, to pursue a passion for viticulture. He planted the first commercial Cabernet Merlot vines in the Hamptons and found time between trans atlantic flights to work vintages amongst the Grand Cru vineyards of La Bourgogne. Ellis ultimately made the great lifelong sea change in favour of our land downunder. He settled on a farmstead outside Leongatha, amongst the slow ripening pastures of Gippsland and established a vineyard called Bellvale. It is now a place of fully mature vines and old world Burgundian techniques, sur lie.. Placing pinot amongst the pastures»
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Torzi Matthews Frost Dodger Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Eden Valley South Australia
A partnership between Torzi and Matthews, they stumbled across a small, frost pocketed hollow on beautiful Mt McKenzie in Valley Eden. Torzi Matthews fell in love with the area for its remoteness and diverse thin soils. Attraction to the site was immediate, it was clear that this patch would produce low yields of Shiraz which could translate into the luscious style of dry racked Italian Appassimento wines. There were plenty of detractors and lots of unsolicited advice. The vines went in, frosts came and yields were low, Frost Dodger was born.
Available in cartons of six
Case of 6
$215.50
A single vineyard wine grown to the chilly surrounds of Mt McKenzie in the Eden Valley, crafted to the ancient Italian tradition of racking grapes to concentrate flavours. Frost Dodger are crafted via non intervention techniques. A diet of composts, native grasses and flora is used for ground cover, low water imput and natural sprays for diseases. Grapes are gently destemmed, a third is included as whole bunches into open fermenters for a warm vinification to indigenous yeasts. Pumped over, hand plunged and basket pressed to oak for completion of ferments. The final wine is matured in a selection of seasoned and new, French and Hungarian puncheons and barriques for twenty months.
Deep red purple colour. A big bouquet of concentrated fruit, berries, pepper and plum, remarkable intensity of natural fruit sugar characters from the appassimento technique. Licorice and pepper, an remarkable intensity within a singularity of power, elegance and finesse. Its solid palate, drenched in thick bramble flavours, rejuvenated by splendid, refined acidity, supported by gossamer velvet tannins.
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