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2017 Torzi Matthews Vigna Cantina Negro Amaro

Barossa Valley

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Our Price: $19.99 / bottle (RRP: $25.00 ) Case: 6 x 750ml

'Cherry, almond, a bit of an orange peel and dried herb aromatic, a dusting of pepper. Here’s a great drink.'
93 Points - Gary Walsh

  • An Italian variety, that heralds from Southern Italy's Puglia region, wouldn't be the usual staple for the Barossa Valley, but when it is handled by the eminently brilliant Domenic Torzi, it is a godsend. 

    Taken from a single vineyard in Angaston, from a 50 year old Semillon vineyard that was grafted over to Negro Amaro a decade ago, the wine has melded perfectly to the long dry Australian summer. Under the careful hands of Domenic (a fifth generation of Calabrian Abruzzian decent) you are in for a wild ride in to discovering what this indigenous Italian variety is all about. Kirsch, forest berries, with rosemary and pine needles giving the aromatics, and an undulating array of savoury tannins and pepper. Brilliant drinking for winter time and awe-inspiring value. Who knew this region could produce such an immaculate take on Negro Amaro, a grape variety often used for blending rather than showcased on its own.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    Excellent winter rains and good fruit set was a good sign for a healthy vintage. Summer was mild to warm with a couple of rain events during January & February helped freshen things up leading into April harvest. Sourced from a single vineyard, in the Angaston sub-region. 6 year-old vines grafted onto 50 year old Semillon.

    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. Seasoned French Francois Freres barriques for 9 months. 3500 bottles produced.

    Alcohol - 14.0%

    TASTING NOTES

    A truly charismatic red table wine with high perfumed dark red spiced summer fruits that runs through the palate with added licorice blackstrap, violets, earthen notes. The finish is long, fresh and lively with lovely supple tannins.

  • REVIEWS

    'Cherry, almond, a bit of an orange peel and dried herb aromatic, a dusting of pepper. It’s medium bodied, kind of juicy and supple, with cherry and that pinch of bitterness that makes it so wonderfully gustatory. Finishes with a soft powdery tannin, and good length. Here’s a great drink.'
    93 Points - Gary Walsh



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