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Tim Smith Wines Mataro Grenache Shiraz

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If there was one style that summed up the Barossa rather than just the clichéd Shiraz then it would have to be the Rhone style blend of GSM or in this case Mataro, Grenache and Shiraz. This wine blitzed the competition at the 2010 London International Wine Show and it’s the kind of wine that Tim Smith loves to drink. Prepare for a vivid tapestry of violets and spice before a layered palate of sweet Grenache fruit, Shiraz generosity and Mataro lift.Proof that the Barossa is the best region for this blend.

Winemaker's Notes

Discovering more old vine mataro and grenache in the 'gardens' of Tim Smith’s Barossa growers, provides him the perfect opportunity to craft a blend that is quite aromatic and in the 'Rhone Style' that he loves. Retaining all the plush palate weight is the hallmark of this wine, which is always purposefully mataro dominant. This allows the mataro fruit, which has a similar tannin structure as shiraz, to be ready to drink upon release as well as having some serious cellaring potential.

“I am a huge fan of the wines of Bandol, and I unashamedly draw inspiration from this Southern Rhone appellation. My Barossa Mataro Grenache Shiraz is made with Mataro being the dominant grape. This allows the Mataro fruit, which has a similar tannin structure as Shiraz, to be ready to drink upon release as well as having some serious cellaring potential.” - Tim Smith

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Tim Smith Wines Mataro Grenache Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Tim Smith has this blend working far in his (and therefore drinkers') favour. It's become a house specialty. This is a rich, generous release, chock-a-block with ripe black berries, chocolatey oak, cracked pepper and assorted roasted nut flavours. It's dense but bright and spicy; it lifts from the glass but then sinks deep into all corners of the mouth. A standout.
Till 2024
Wine Companion
95
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Has gone a fair way to make a silk purse out of a sowÕs ear, with a blend that faced particular challenges in Õ11; there are hints of mint alongside the red fruits, and a bracing finish to the palate. Drink sooner rather than later.
To 2015
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
90
WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
A youthful wine with lots of dark, spicy, berry aromas lifting off the nose and layered with chocolate and herbal/floral nuances. An abundance of mouthfilling, "rustic" flavours.
Winestate Magazine, Mar/Apr
WINESTATE (2009 Vintage) says
Rich, dark red berry bouquet. Lovely and lush and juicy in the mouth, with loads of sweet fruit and soft tannins.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011) 2011
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
92
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
Tim Smith's love of the mataro grape is on full display in this sanguine, ripe 2008 blend. It has a dark earth and spice nose with savoury plum in behind - the mataro is certainly in charge. The palate presents the same hierarchy, with some supple shiraz fleshing out the middle palate before a honey and spice finish with long, strapping tannins.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
91
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Strong colour; a luscious array of dusky black fruits that glide across the tongue, leading to a fresh finish; very good, though atypical.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
93
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Good colour; very powerful and intense, belying its region and alcohol; the black and red fruits with unusual intensity and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
93
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Deep, clear colour; few better than this from the Barossa; no jujube fruit whatsoever, all falling in the black fruit range; perfect tannin and oak balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
96
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Atypical Barossa Valley; lusciously sweet cornucopia of juicy berry, confit and jam fruit flavours, but has good structure, and controlled alcohol.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
91
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Silky, supple, slurpy mouthfeel; juicy berry red fruits; fine tannins, neat oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
93
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Surprisingly light colour; light to medium-bodied; convincing, though slightly jammy varietal fruit; fine, ripe tannins. Total contrast to the Shiraz.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
88

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