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2014 Tim Smith Wines Mataro

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It’s dark and brooding and it’s been planted in Australia for over a century. It’s got a few names too - Mourvedre, Mataro or Monastrell - it’s all the same grape which causes no end of confusion. If you want a red that’s savoury and spectacular you’ve come to the right place and many winemakers in the region are championing it at as the next big thing. The nose is quite savoury and exotic showing Chinese five spice, violets, dark cherry and spice before a layered palate of dark fruit and mouth-coating tannins.

Winemaker's Notes

"Discovering more Old Vine Mataro and Grenache in the 'Gardens' of my Barossa growers has given me extra opportunity to craft a blend this year that is quite aromatic, in the 'Rhone Style' that I love, and retaining all the plush palate weight that is the hallmark of this wine. The nose has quite lifted Mataro varietal aromas of violets, and spicy fruit. Some subtle Grenache derived strawberry notes are also apparent. The palate is layered and long, with Grenache giving fruit sweetness and finishes with gravelly tannins which should set the wine up well for medium term cellaring."
- Tim Smith

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2014 Tim Smith Wines Mataro

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James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Excellent crimson-purple; a delicious wine in every respect; an ultra-supple and smooth medium-bodied palate rolls smoothly over hill and dale with its array of plum and black cherry garnished with the full array of sweet spices, finishing with velvety tannins.
Till 2028
Wine Companion
96
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
This is a lovely and quite serious Mataro made in an elegant fashion, with high levels of sweet black fruits, spice and minerally complexity in abundance; the palate is lively, firm and long.
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2013
94
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
Here s a man that loves and understands the ancient wily ways of mataro, and this terrific wine is the result. The nose is exotic, with plenty of spicy fragrance, purple and blue fruits, cassis, some licorice too. The palate has some of the most pure fruit I ve ever seen in a glass of mataro, showing a supple, smooth, rolling tannin shape, some chocolate and deeply impressive integration here. Few can get this close.
2014
Good Wine Guide
94

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