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Tim Smith Wines Mataro

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

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

The great undervalued variety of Mataro, a Spanish synonym widely used in the Barossa for the French variety Mourvedre, has long held a fascination for Tim Smith. In the great years, viz 2009/2010, TSW Mataro has the classic varietal aromas of Chinese-5-spice, liquorice and dark berry fruits. The palate is at once spicy, with lively defining tannins due to being picked at exactly the right time and being under the deft hand of Tim Smith once in the winery…vineyard age is typically 50+ years and usually up to four vineyard selections make the final blend.

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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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