Tuesday, December 16, 2008
TORZI MATTHEWS SCHIST ROCK SHIRAZ 2007
The Grade: Amazing. The Mojo: Not a lot of folks are all that familiar with Torzi Matthews. This ultra-small producer comes to us from the Eden Valley in Australia, and with only 1200 cases made, the Torzi Matthews Schist Rock Shiraz 2007 ($19.49) is a well-made, medium-to-full-bodied red that displays great focus and balance, unlike the fruit behemoths of the Barossa. The bold, vibrant, juicy blue fruit shines through, with hints of oak, mineral, black cherry, clove and roasted meat. Complexity abounds, leading you up to a very long and precise finish that is very, very satisfying. We didn't receive much of this wine (obviously) so try some soon before it disappears.