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Stock Journal - 20 March, 2014.

For many winemakers completing one vintage a year is exhausting work, but Portuguese winemaker Joao Pires (pictured with winery owner Tim Smith) has crammed in a second vintage half way across the world.

Joao is putting his winemaking skills to good use at Tim Smith Wines at Nuriootpa for the second time, after making his first trip down under in 2012.

Winefront - 3 reviews by Gary Walsh.

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2012 Barossa Shiraz

From selected sites throughout the Barossa to make Tim’s house style.

Blackberry, plum, a little nougat and coconut, chocolate. Classic modern Barossa with a nod to tradition. Medium to full bodied, round and supple with ultra-fine grained tannin fleshing out the palate and just-right acidity through its core. Long through the finish with a kiss of oak and perfectly ripe dark berry fruit. Textbook. Here’s the style of Barossa Shiraz that hits a chord with me. Open string E, perhaps. Could rate it one higher, but won’t. It’s not one louder, it’s one better. 94 points.

2013 Eden Valley Riesling

In the proprietary Eden Valley contours bottle. Plenty of bath powder perfume! Tim likes to keep things pretty clean I’d say, and he’s certainly got all his ducks in a row here.  Then into a much less soft and fluffy palate –  firm, dry and energetic, lemons and limes, with a particularly lemony acid cut. Like the purity and bony crunch on the very long finish. Nice! 94+points.

2013 Eden Valley Viognier

What a shame. I reckon this will miss out on our Top 100 wines under $25 publication by just three bucks. For a few dollars more. Or a fistful of travellers cheques. You can almost hear the marks being put on the bench as you taste it. Ginger, exotic spice, celery, fresh apricot and white cherry. Has a lightly viscous feel, but keeps itself neat and trim through the mouth with clean acidity, a subtle flintiness and spicy dry lemon tinged finish. Cedar oak plays a part in the wine, but it’s a positive. Show them Tim. Show them the whole thing. 93 points.

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Tim Smith Barossa Mataro 2012 (Barossa, SA)
14%, Screwcap, $36
Source: Sample
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If ever there was a poster wine for the new face of Barossa Mataro (or Mourvedre for the rebels) then it is this wine. It comes not from a new winemaker, but instead from proper journeyman Tim Smith - who has more than a few Barossan vintages under his belt.

Why this wine works is quite simple really - it is so bloody pure. It tastes ripe, generous and gently rich, unencumbered by excessive oak or artifice and tapping instead into the magic of old vine Mataro from a super vintage. Actually, Tim credits much of the success of this wine simply down to treating the fruit with the lightest of touches, with his belief that Mataro needs far less new oak than many give it, with the variety also benefiting from some careful oxidative handling to address its reductive nature.


The end result here is a generous and quite energetic Mataro with an almost carbonic like black jube juiciness. It's much more approachable than your usual gruff and tannic Barossa Mataro, lifted by sweet berry oak and looking utterly black fruited, yet still finely structured enough to keep it savoury (and delicious).

A lovely expression of Barossa Mataro.
Drink: 2013-2023
Score: 18.5/20, 94/100
Would I buy it? Yes, off a wine list at somewhere with slow cooked beef.
ANDREW GRAHAM. AUSTRALIAN WINE REVIEW.

MGS Isn't some marketing person's acronym for a new wine, rather, it's a traditional blend of mataro, grenache & shiraz. This is an excellent medium-bodied, savoury red wine. BY MIKE BENNIE.

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Herald Sun - ADVENTURE AWAITS

Tim Smith Wines 2013 Viognier. Eden Valley.

FOOD: Kapitan Chicken Curry

4 1/2 STARS

The winemaker has gone out on a limb with this exotic creation, just six months since it came off the vine. It is wild with oak influence that Tim Smith notates himself as suggesting "ginger malt biscuit and kaffir lime leaf...brown lime and clove spice". Very different and an adventure.

FAST AND FABULOUS - 6 of the BEST...

...A similar approach has been applied by the inventive Tim Smith with his new-season Viognier, not usually a variety we see in the early vintage uptake brigade. But here is one of the most exciting new wines of the year, with all manner of exotic flavours rolling around in your mouth as it slips down.

Adelaide IN DAILY - PHILIP WHITE REVIEWS | From Viognier with a sense of humour to Mataro with a cigar-smoking chanteuse attitude and tickle of feather boa – four fine wines from Barossa-based winemaker Tim Smith.

Tim Smith Wines Eden Valley Viognier 2013
$28; 13% alcohol; screw cap; 93 points

Forget about Viognier always smelling overtly of apricots.  I sliced a red capsicum open, put a sliver of fresh ginger root and one broken clove in it with a few specks of white pepper, and got pretty damn close to the fragrance of this beauty.  It also brought avocado to mind – it has that sort of creamy smoothness.  In other words, it’s more green salad than overt fruit, and made me yearn immediately for Thai tucker.  All those flavours swim around the mouth once you’ve tipped some in there, and that creaminess hangs in, giving the wine the sort of satisfying unction that would neatly balance the edgy cut of piquant Thai greens.  I like Tim Smith’s forensic approach to his vineyard selection: whoever grew this knows their dots, and Tim has obviously chosen it to suit the acute gastronomic intelligence he always aims at his wines.  It has just the right amount of tannin, too: a hallmark I expect of the much-misunderstood, misplanted, and poorly made Viognier.  Now I’ve made it sound far too serious.  This is one of the best.  It has a sense of humour.

Tim Smith Wines Barossa Grenache 2012
$36; 14% alcohol; screw cap; 93++ points

Here’s a good wine to drink when you’re curious about the difference between the very best of Barossa Grenache and the style of the McLaren Vale stuff.  While the clays, sands and topsoils – even the deeper underlying geology – of the regions are generally the same in composition and age, the higher background humidity of the Vales seems to guarantee softer tannins than the drier Barossa air cranks out.  The best Vales wines are softer without being too plump, with lots of cherries and raspberries.  This one’s more solemn and imposing, with a bit more nightshade, forge and leather.  It’s more acrid, prickly and darkly foreboding.  There’s plenty of deep dark fruit in the flavour division, even beetroot, with hints of licorice and juniper leading to really neat drying tannins. This one’s cut out for big field mushrooms and Portobellos and steaky things; top of the Vales models are better when you’re in veal territory, even salmon.  If you’re curious about this, try this deep, dark Spanish-style loveliness against cheeky Frencher (new word meaning north-west Mediterranean coast) Yangarra, just for starters.  Both lovely things, but chalk and cheese in style.  While this is Tim’s first straight Grenache under his own brand, we should approach with the respect due his Chateau Tanunda The Everest Old Bush Vine Grenache 2008, which won the International Wine Trade Fair trophy for being the World’s Best Single Estate Red Wine in London.  Welcome back aboard the Grenache train, Mister Smith!

Tim Smith Wines Barossa Mataro 2012
$36; 14% alcohol; screw cap; 93+++ points

Smiffy loves the Mataro of Bandol as much as he loves his old Trumpy motorcycle and his drum kit.  Bandol’s close to France’s southern-most tip, near Toulon.  They call it Mourvèdre there, and make a deep and dark wine from this deep and dark variety, which grows all along that coast west into Spain, where it’s called Monastrell.  If you’ve ever caught a young Bandol, before it grew its comfortable double chin, you’ll understand this wine.  It still has juvenile tweaks of linseed and wintergreen, anise and fennel root among all its Bible-black coal and midnight aromas.  When I inhale it, I’m lost between that scared-of-the-dark feeling and the first yearning curiosity of the black velvet unknown which drew me out into it so deep I’ve lived there for decades.  And oh yes, it also smells like the lavender fields of that part of France.  I’ve always thought lavender fields smell more alluring in the dark.  It tastes pretty much along the same lines, with its scratchy satin black-dress cigar-smoking chanteuse attitude, and the most mischievous tickle of feather boa and black velvet tannin daring you to fall in too deep.  Buy a bottle, and get straight down to pillage Smelly Cheese. Lulu will advise which fromage is best, especially if you take her a tipple.

Tim Smith Wines Barossa Mataro Grenache Shiraz 2012
$28; 14% alcohol; screw cap; 94+ points

“Picked from really old vines grown by really good people,” Tim tells us on his back label.  The most frivolous of these three masterful reds, it’s a carefree breeze of a drink, silky and slick and as quick as a skink.  It’s mainly about texture in that sense, with that perfect balance of slime and finesse.  While the other two reds are serious and sombre, maybe even slightly threatening, and worthy of five years in the dungeon, this one’s straight-out full-bore naughty, right from the start.  It knows no guilt.  It’ll bite you and never look back.  So catch the ride and slide.  It has the dry tannins to remind you of the handbrake, but that’s best forgot. Saltimbocca with capers, please.  Then whizz me home in the Ferrari, attagal.

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“Grown on vines up to 100 years old”. Mostly from the Greenock sub-region of the Barossa Valley but some grapes sourced from a vineyard at Light Pass too. This is the third release of a Tim Smith Mataro.

Heady and good. Gutsy. Sweet licorice and raspberry – reminded me of the days of drinking “jelly beans” – but with leather and dried Asian spice notes too. Lovely smooth-skinned texture. Full-bodied. Perfect acid balance. Sweet, ripe and satisfying.

Campbell Mattinson.


Rated : 92+ Points
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $36
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2014 - 2022+
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It’s always good to see Barossa grenache with a reasonable alcohol reading. This is the first release of a varietal grenache under the Tim Smith name. It was grown on two Barossa vineyards, both of which carry grenache vines that have been growing there for roughly 80 years. Some whole bunches were used.

Smells great. Raspberries, blackberries, dried herbs, maybe some floral notes. Sweet and summery but not jammy or overdone. Take a sip and you instantly note the energy this wine has. It’s up and about, alive to its possibilities. The flavours bounce around your mouth. It has a warmth but it has an elegance. Sweet at its core but only just. This is a terrific Oz grenache. Its best should be ahead of it.

Campbell Mattinson.

Rated : 93 Points
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $36
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2014 - 2021+
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Have to say, from what I’ve tasted, 2012 is certainly a vintage where you can start to believe the hype.

Spice, nuts, flowers, blood plum, a little chocolate and liquorice – sweetly fruited, yet it pulls savoury and firm. And boy oh boy, as the hungry cartoon dog says, is this a delicious wine. Pleasantly gritty tannin, gentle slipperiness, balanced acidity and lip smacking pure fruit appeal and hazelnutty flavours bring it home. Let’s rate it appropriately highly, I think.

Gary Walsh.


Rated : 95 Points
Tasted : May13
Alcohol : 14%

Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2013 - 2020

You Tube.

This has become a popular wine review site - Sampy and Lurch have a fresh, no-frills approach to wine tasting. Here they rank the Tim Smith Wines 2012 Eden Valley Riesling with an 8/10 and good value at $25.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVGyksRX_SM&feature=youtu.be

Bronte Road Bistro welcomes Tim Smith - Sydney - June 18, 2013.

Together, they will match exceptional wine with outstanding food, creating an atmosphere that will quite simply, knock your socks off.

Winemaking in the Barossa & Eden Valley for two decades, Tim Smith quietly sources exceptional fruit from the regions oldest, most acclaimed vineyards. Combine this with his winemaking prowess, and you have countless medals and a small brand taking the world by storm.

The team at Bronte Road Bistro have matched Tim Smith’s wines with their perfectly classic French/Mediterranean cuisine and this, topped with the bistro’s sleek service, is set to be a truly great night out...

 

VENUE:                    BRONTE ROAD BISTRO, CHARING CROSS.

WINEMAKER:           TIM SMITH, BAROSSA VALLEY & EDEN VALLEY

WINES:                    Mataro, Shiraz, Grenache, Viognier, Riesling.

DATE:                      TUESDAY 18 JUNE, 7pm.

COST:                      $99 per person.

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May 10, 2013 · 2:54 am

 

Tim Smith of Tim Smith Wines, Barossa Valley, South Australia

Signature Wines/Prices: Barossa Mataro/Grenache/Shiraz , Barossa Shiraz , Eden Valley Viognier

Where were you born?  Where do you live now? Born in Adelaide, South Australia. Now resident in Vine Vale, via Tanunda, Barossa Valley.

How did you get into the wine business? Drinking a bottle of old Yarra Yering Dry Red #2 then meeting it’s maker, Dr Bailey Carrodus, coincidentally a few months later. I wanted to make something that had such an alluring bouquet.

What is most and least rewarding about being a winemaker? Most rewarding: travelling overseas, and talking to people that have tried and liked the wines. Least rewarding: Spending too much time doing the ‘admin’ side of the business!

What are the challenges of making wine in your region? Water is a big issue, as is growing grapes and getting them to be flavor ripe at lower sugar levels.

Have Australians’ wine preferences changed in the last 10 years? Yes, we are tending to drink more cooler-climate style red wines. Hopefully we stop drinking Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and discover our own unique whites as well.

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Barossa Valley winemaker Tim Smith likes his motorbikes fast and his barrels big. He's been moving to larger format oak including puncheons for Viognier, Grenache and Mataro. "With puncheons you get nice slow maturation without the oak influence," he says. "I only use French puncheons. I want some development with Mataro and Grenache just to round off or give some texture to the palate. These wines typically only see 12 months in oak, so the oak influence is bugger all."

 

But Tim is not convinced that puncheons are the way to go for Shiraz. "I've just looked at some Shiraz blends and with puncheons I dont see the concentration I'd like to see in Shiraz," he says. "Hogsheads all the way with Shiraz for me - no barriques ether; too much concentration. Essentially, it's about getting the right oak for the right wine and style. I know it's about as fashionable as being a Cows supporter, but I do like a bit of American Oak in Shiraz for a few reasons - mostly because it does add  a certain degree of sweetness to the palate, but I don't like the coconut or Iced Vo-Vo characters that some American oak coopers impart. The second reason is because Barossa Shiraz was really put on the map during the 60's, 70's and 80's by the likes of Grange and other 'old school' styles and it has become almost a 'regional style'. I like the idea of maintaining some sense of respect for what a previous generation of revolutionary winemakers did, including Schubert, O'Callaghan, Melton, Duval, Blackwell, etc."

 

Tim is also looking at different coopers for American Oak. "It's kind of 'uncool' to use at the the moment, but having had the luck of making a few trophy winning wines in the past I have seen what really seems to get noticed," he says. "There's a place for it, for sure..

 

Tim is also looking at different coopers for American Oak. "It's kind of 'uncool' to use at the the moment, but having had the luck of making a few trophy winning wines in the past I have seen what really seems to get noticed," he says. "There's a place for it, for sure. It's not American oak itself that is the problem, it’s the poor quality we’ve had in the past that’s given it a bad name.”

2012 Eden Valley Riesling. Tim Smith's riesling is almost clear in colour, the aromatics of sour lemon, lemon pith and salt.  On the palate, the 2012 riesling is bone dry, has very racy acidity and a bit of tang, with lemons, salt and some residual stoniness there and perhaps short of medium but subtle length.  It's a combination of angles and a certain lightness in body, set to soaring lemon flavours and bracing acidity. This wine will probably last for a very long time, and is a good example of Eden Valley riesling.  www.grapeobserver.com

Eden Valley Riesling 2012. Lovely lemon pith, grapefruit and quartz on the nose here: really sings of the regional character of the Eden Valley. The palate’s supple and even with approachable charm and dry lemon flavour acid runs deep. Great wine.  93 points.

Barossa Mataro 2010. 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 ad 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 supple, smooth, rolling tannin shape, some chocolate and deeply impressive integration here. Few can get this close.   94 points.

Barossa Shiraz 2010. The 2010 vintage sees this wine in a more dynamic and upbeat mode, still sporting all the trademark regional richness, yet there’s more focus and finesse. Blackberry and plym, some cola and game meats – almost wonder if there’s a splash of Mataro here. The palate’s tangy from the get-go, showing dark plum sarsaparilla and tarry black fruit depth. Tannins are muscular and composed. Really impressive wine – lavish yet elegant. 94 points.

Mataro Grenache Shiraz 2011. A bright, ripe and juicy wine that has carried the vintage off with aplomb. This has plenty of lively red fruit aromas and a cedary thread too, lots of pepper and a sanguine, meaty twist – smells great. The palate’s quite taut, tannins are smooth and active, really handy bounce. Flavours roll through in various shades of red through blue to purple fruits. Neat balance. 92 pts.

The Wine Front - 2010 Barossa Shiraz

Barossa and Eden Valley. French and American oak, new and used. Fresh and supple and easy to drink now, but with the tannin and balance to perform well in the cellar too. Medium bodied Barossa shiraz of good style, shape and form. Sweet blackberries, kirsch, ironstone, blueberries and spice. Eden Valley makes a clear impression here. Grainy, nutty and earthen through the finish. Faultless and attractive.Campbell Mattinson.  www.winefront.com.au

92 Points

14.5% Alc

Drink 2014-2020

Melbourne Magazine; Weekly Review. 2012 Eden Valley Riesling. 5/5

This comes in the Eden Valley branded bottle that other Eden riesling producers are starting to adopt this year. Intensity and structure are they keys to this wine; it's bursting with lime zest, pear and bath salt aromas, while tart Granny Smith apple, lime and mineral flavours are clean and intense. A distinct and pretty floral note comes out as the wine warms up from the fridge. Dry and driving, the grippy, refreshing acid carries the flavours to a long, intense finish.   5/5

http://www.theweeklyreview.com.au/article-display/Won-over-by-the-2012-riesling/5544

SA Hot 100 Wines 2012; Tim Smith Wines 2010 Barossa Mataro

Musk city planted with roses and heady aromatics - a siren!

Super high notes with a spicy flavour handbrake finish.

100 Rippers - Winefront - 2010 Mataro 94+ points.

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...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.

100 Rippers - Winefront - 2012 Riesling 94+pts.

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HOT VALUE.

Eden Valley Riesling at it's sizzling best. Grown on a low-yielding vineyard planted in the 1920's. Cut and drive. Dry and citrussy, loaded up with bath salts and lime rind. Rips through the finish. Not a generous or plump riesling but full of flavour-shot acidity and oomph. CM. 94+pts. Drink 2016-2024.

Australian Wine Review; Andrew Graham.

Authentic Mataro: Tim Smith Mataro 2010

14.5%, Cork. Source: Sample
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The best thing about this wine? How genuinely representative it is. If you're looking for a classic example of Barossan Mataro, look no further.

Of course straight Barossa Mataro doesn't always make for a perfect wine, and indeed it (arguably) makes a more approachable drink when blended with more 'open' varietals. Yet its charms are still quite obvious.

Perhaps the most challenging thing about Mataro - as a variety - is just how reductive it can be. By that, I mean that Mataro based wines are apparently more resistant to oxygen and reactive to the effects of anti oxidants (like S02) making for reds that are closed, backwards and less obviously 'fruity'.

On the flipside, such tendencies also make Mataro (or Mourvedre/Monastrell) rather easy to work with in the winery, as wines can be made rough and oxidatively with a minimal need for additional preservatives. (Just as an example I tasted a McLaren Vale Mourvedre/Mataro/whatever you want to call it at Samuels Gorge last year that had never seen sulphur and spent 2 years in barrel. That's quite normal apparently).

Naturally, such tendencies are still linked with structure and extract, so $10 Mataros aren't going to necessarily exhibit superhuman ageability, yet the potential for long lived wines is apparent for anyone patient enough...

Given such a context there is little surprise that this Mataro presents as quite meaty, a little rubbery and reductive, the deep flavours looking lightly tinny and confected on first viewing. It's not until you peer below this wall of unresponsiveness that more sinewy, licoricey and savoury dark fruit appears.

The palate is dry-but-rich, and strongly reticent, driven by a rich mid palate and blocky, serious tannins. There's a sweetness of oak and some sweeter dried fruit edges but otherwise this offers little but promises much, the tannins more of an endpoint than a cohesive part of the equation.

A very serious, wonderfully true Mataro that whilst it is a little bound and black, unquestionably sings with varietal character and latent power.

Drink: 2014-2025+
Score: 17.5/91+

Winestate Magazine - Meet the Winemaker: Tim Smith.

 

Winemaker Tim Smith caught up with Maurizio Corda to talk about the 2012 Vintage, Tim Smith Wines' 10th Anniversary and his favourite varietals.

Winestate Magazine - July/Aug 2012 issue.

Tim Smith Silver Jubilee Year 2012.

There were two really important pieces of advice. One, more so a throwaway line from Alberic Mazoyet - who was the winemaker at Chapoulier some time ago when I did an exchange program in the Rhone - was always to have great spirit and believe in all facets of the process. The other was a general attitude towards being solely focused on quality, by Charlie Melton. In fact,  there was a sign on his cellar wall that said "the quality stupid!" as a constant reminder should the temptation arise to take a short cut....

For more see full article....

Melbourne Magazine, Ben Thomas - Wonders of the Barossa

...plenty of winemakers interested in these grapes, and they are producing some of the region’s most exciting wines.

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Melbourne Magazine - Ben Thomas;

2010 Barossa Shiraz  4 1/2 Stars.

Sourced from vineyards in the Barossa and Eden valleys (a 75/25 split) this sees time in French and American oak. It has lifted aromas of blackberry, dark cherry, pepper, spice and vanilla and has a deep core of complex cherry, raspberry, blackberry and a citrus note that adds a light touch. A smooth mouthfeel and fine powdery tannins are a highlight, as well as bright acidity that gives the rich flavours a bit of pep.The flavours build and build on exit, with red fruits and dark cherries filling the mouth. Food match \ Barbecue butterflied leg of lamb.

Tim Smith Wines Mataro 2010. 94 POINTS.

Reinforcing that Tim Smith knows his way around the variety Mataro, this deeply flavoured, savoury tinged, grunty red has layers of flavour and a quiet, brooding intensity. So very comely, so very good drinking, now and to 10 years  94/100.

2010 Tim Smith Wines, Mataro Grenache Shiraz, Barossa.

Tim Smith catapulted the Chateau Tanunda wines to international acclaim before departing to focus on his Barossa brand. Here he eschews the usual Rhone-style GSM blend in favour of a Bandol look-a-like, mataro leads the way supported by grenache with the shiraz component well in the background. Vibrant aromatics of violets, raspberry jubes and allspice with hints of warm earth and bitter chocolate pave the way for a rich, palate of yellow plum, cloudberry and dark cherry. Gravelly tannins add a rustic touch. PB.

Tim Smith Wines 2010 Mataro, Barossa.

Sometimes when I am in the Barossa Valley I get asked to come and hang out on Barossa FM’s wine show on a Saturday. It broadcasts from 11am to midday, and the last time I swung through Tim Smith was a co-host. He’s a lovely bloke; unassuming and yet funny. The radio station broadcasts out of what looks to me like the old train station office, the conductor’s desk could still be in the worn waiting room, and the space is covered in bits of paper with random notices stuck to the walls. Sometimes they even let you choose a song when you go into the studio, and I like that you can drink wine while the show goes to air; I once got busted at a radio station I was working at in my previous, previous career because I had tequila shots in the studio during a broadcast.

Moving on, I really like the way Tim Smith handles his mataro – verity of fruit, a savoury edge – he’s had a great run of wines focussing on the grape, and he talks with enthusiasm about the variety in the context of the Barossa and particularly the old vines found in the region. This sees some time in older French oak.

Deeply flavoured, robust yet not overwhelming with layers of glassy tannin, savoury spice, red fruits and earthiness. There is a quiet, brooding intensity at play 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 berry fruits, mince pie spice. Complex, serious and yet eminently drinkable now, but I would consider watching the wine mellow and bring out secondary complexity with age for its betterment.

Rated : 94+ Points
Tasted : FEB12/APR12
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $36
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2012 - 2022

 

The 2010 Barossa Shiraz is aged in a combination of French and American barrels and the blend is comprised of 75% fruit from the Barossa Valley and 25% from the cooler Eden Valley. It shows good structural fruit tannin, lifted aromatics, great texture and has some serious cellaring potential. 2012 is the 10th vintage for Tim Smith Wines. This year's vintage will be processed at a brand-new winemaking facility in Nuriootpa, where he and the team from First Drop have created a joint winery named 'Home of the Brave'.

Tim Smith Wines 2008 Reserve Shiraz - 93 Points.

The 'Reserve' status and price point get you thinking about richness and intensity and this doesn't disappoint. Dark in the glass it has earthy notes, sweet spiced plums, anise and resiny oak on the nose. The palates quite deeply textured and has a very ripe, dark flavour, some porty elements, nutty complexity and leaves a thick, ripe, impression. Best drunk as hedonistic youngster.

Tim Smith Wines 2010 MGS - 93 Points.

Smith has delivered a bright an vivacious blend from the 2010 vintage, showing a wealth of rich red, blue and darker fruits on the nose, with handy freshness and perfumed lift. The palates packed with red-fruit flavours, and there are really neatly articulated tannins here too - juicy yet quite firm and sturdy, and chocolate flavours building. An excellent young wine.

Tim Smith 2009 Barossa Shiraz - 92 Points.

This is a very ripe and brooding take on the Barossa shiraz theme, with dark-plum and blackberry compote, plum-cake, spices and earthy aromas. The palates into the chocolate and plum liquor territory; oak makes more on an appearance here, adding vanilla flavour and a plum-stone finish - impressive weight and density. A blend of Eden Valley and Barossa Valley floor grapes.

Hello friends and members,

This is the first newsletter from Tim Smith Wines.

 

We’ve got plenty of exciting news to share and, of course, the 2012 harvest is just around the corner…

NEW WINERY – BLING BLING

Yes, it is true…we are finally making our wines at our own winery in Nuriootpa. Fondly named ‘Home of the Brave’, our new winery is shared with the dynamic First Drop team. The 2012 vintage will be our first at this fab new facility and it feels a big shift from the old shed where, together, we have created our last 7 vintages !

TWO AWESOME REVIEWS

Our first Eden Valley Riesling has been received incredibly well with both trade and private customers. James Halliday gave it a respectable 96 points; a great kick start for a first release.

The 2009 Barossa Shiraz was also awarded 96 points by the great man…sadly it’s sold out. Get in quick to get a few of the 2010 vintage tucked away in your cellar.

LIMITED OFFER

We have extremely limited quantity of the ‘Home of the Brave’ Non-Vintage Sparkling Trincadeira.

We leapt at the opportunity to create this dry-style sparkling red from a very rare Portuguese grape variety planted in the Barossa about 50 years ago. $270 per six-pack, orders to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

2012 VINTAGE UPDATE

Currently it’s shaping up to be a blinder, but we’re a little cautious of making grandiose claims as there’s still a lot Mother Nature can throw at us! To date, we’ve had excellent pre-Christmas rain, decent warm temperatures

throughout January and (fingers crossed) this continues leading up to harvest. Watch this space…

NEW WEBSITE

Please take time to check us out and share your feedback at www.timsmithwines.com.au

We value your continued support and wish you all a successful and fun year ahead,

Cheers!

Tim Smith and the TSW Team.

Tim Smith Wines 2009 Mataro

A fifteen year career that started out with Yalumba as a cellar hand and most recently as winemaker at Chateau Tanunda, Tim Smith Wines was born of an idea in 2001 whilst drinking Condrieu in the Northern Rhone.

Tim himself states a commitment to the region's proven varietals - including my beloved Mataro. This example is off of vines circa 50 years old, fruit typically selected from up to four vineyards.

On initially opening it shows itself to be a touch more fruit forward than other Mataros: requisite kirsch and other black fruits. Initially struck me as more Barossan than of the variety. Over time, it settles into itself to reveal more black fruited matter with a dominant line of licorice; over two days Szechuan spice tantalises the senses, a lovely line of spice coursing through the wines core.

Entry shows quite a layered wine, thick and syrupy. A tarriness on the palate takes the wine forward; juice laden and moreish, it finishes just short of a good length. 91 - Excellent

Tim Smith Wines 2011 Mataro Grenache Shiraz. 92 Points.

While ripe berry fruit leads, the cameo of connamn cloves and cedary complexity add depth to this soulful red blend. Washy texture but bound with dusty tannin. Haunting finish of berry fruit. Mike Bennie.

Tim Smith Wines 2011 Eden Valley Riesling. 4 1/2 Stars.

From vines planted in the 1920's, this delicious Riesling comes in a proprietary Eden Valley bottle with the region's name set into the glass. Floral aromas of citrus zest, bath salts, rose petals and blossom are rather pretty. There's nice intensity to the lime juice  and mineral flavours but it's also subtle and nuanced. It is dry and refreshing with chalky acidity and - most importantly - well balanced. There's good intensity on the finish and it will age well, too.

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