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TimSmithWines

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100 Rippers - 2010 Mataro 94+pts.

100 Rippers - Winefront - 2010 Mataro 94+ points.

www.winefront.com.au

...I really like the way Tim Smith handles his mataro - verity of fruit, a savoury edge - he's had a great run of mataro wines and he talks with enthusiasm about the variety in the context of the Barossa and particularly the old vines of the region. This sees older French oak. Deeply flavoured, robust yet not overwhelming with layers of grassy tannin, savoury spice, red fruits and earthiness. There's a quiet, brooding intensity but as a youthful expression as the sweetness of mataro fruit comes to play. Feels slick with concentration and finishes with glossy primary fruit. Great aromas too - licorice, dark berries, mince pie spice. Complex, serious and eminently drinkable now - but ageworthy. MB.