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Thursday 29 August 2013

Torzi Matthews 2012 Old Vines Shiraz 1903 Single Vineyard of Domenico Martino

Long name, and with it comes a wine more than equal to the longevity of its title. I'm going to say it: I think it is under priced. That's not hyperbole. Given the age and provenance of the source material, the resultant quality of wine, compare that price to other wines you see in the market and that's the basis of my position.

Opens with a freshness, a lightness, an airy - superiority? - red fruits abound, accented with a little citrus. There are touches of blue/ black fruits here too - that lightness: floats like a butterfly.

The palate construct is somewhat at odds with an onset of spice early on - the sting like a bee. Oak here, it spends 16 months in 10% new French, is nothing more than a stable platform from which the ancient vines can shine. The wine has a subtle energy and vitality to itself. Acid nicely pitched, tannin fine, a touch of hazelnut bringing up the rear. Drinks excellently over 48 hours/ 3 nights of being open. 93 - Very Good

Tasted on: Tuesday 27th August, a Fruit Day

Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 14.2%
Closure: Screwcap

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