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Tim Smith Wines Shiraz 2009, Barossa Valley.

14.5%  4.5 STARS

Old-vine shiraz from the Barossa and Eden valleys is good drinking in winter, and this would be a nice wine to cuddle up with in front of the TV. Blackberry, dark cherry, blood plum, coal and vanilla oak aromas are seductive, as is a core of rich , ripe blackberry and spice flavours. It's nicely balanced with a backbone of juicy acid and fine-grained tannins, smooth texture and spice, berries and herbs on the finish. This wine will have lots of fans. FOOD MATCH: Braised Oxtail.


Tim Smith has announced that he’s leaving Chateau Tanunda to concentrate full-time on his own label. Good news for Tim Smith wines, I’d reckon.

Old-fashioned Barossan shiraz. Loaded with coffeed oak and full of blackberried fruit flavour. It’s got a bourbon-and-cola sweetness going on and it feels thick and smooth on your tongue. It’s matured in French oak but it tastes like American oak; it’s got lots of that high-toast, vanilla-and-coffee character to it. Regardless, it’s a very good version of the big fruit-and-oak Barossan red style. What I appreciate most is the way the fruit flavour pushes on through the finish, undimmed by the warmth of the alcohol.

Rated : 93 Points
Alcohol : 15%
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2011 - 2016

Tim Smith Wines Mataro 2009 Barossa Valley.                                             92points 

Black Beauty on form, Smith has an affinity for Mataro with its dark liquorice and leather, ripe black fruits and spice. A profound wine long and juicy, lip smacking stuff. [Nick Stock]

Tim Smith Wines Viognier 2010 – Adelaide Hills.                                         91points

Fragrant ginger and stone fruits, a strong example marries richness and balance, fleshy texture and fresh acidity, length and depth. [Nick Stock]

Tim Smith Wines 09 BAROSSA SHIRAZ will be on tasting with the lovely NICK RYAN at Tank Stream Bar on Wednesday June 29 at 6.30pm in Sydney. The tasting includes a smart line-up of 7 different Shirazes selected by Nick and the Gourmet Traveller team.

Join GTW for a tasting of Shirazes that have caught reviewers attention in recent months. Shiraz flourishes in a range of climates and many consider it to be Australia's flagship varietal. Soft, ripe tannins and complexity with age are its hallmarks. Wine writer Nick Ryan will lead the way as we compare some truely stellar wines.

VENUE: Tank Stream Bar VIP Room, 1 Tank Stream Way, Sydney 2000.

DETAILS: Wednesday 29 June, 6.30-8.30pm, $35 per person. To register email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 02 8116 9386.

95points | 5 Stars.

Another impressive red from the former Chateau Tanunda winemaker. Rich, essency, highly concentrated aromas of black fruits, ink and violets. Big body, lashings of charred oak: espresso, toffee and crème brulee characters. Good drinking now or in the next 17 years.

95points | 5 Stars.

A lovely, clean wine with spice and floral aromas which remind me of rose petals, and an almost luscious fruit-sweetness, balanced by savoury tannins. Lots of red fruit flavours, smooth in the mouth with a touch of elegance. The finish has terrific length. Good drinking now or in the next 8 years.

Tim Smith MGS 2009. Plenty of Barossa richness here – dark berries, plums, cherries, spice and more on the nose. Great depth on the palate, really convincing stuff, delivering the same array of rich dark fruits seen on the nose amid ripe fleshy tannins.

2009 Mataro, Tim Smith Wines. This is another good varietal mataro. Bless it.

This has all the juicy, earthen, sweet-scented appeal that varietal mataro is want to produce. It’s therefore delicious. It tastes of boysenberry and blackberry, sawdusty oak and a complex mix of earth and spice. It’s fleshy and refreshing and lively through the finish. It’s not heavy or anything like that – it’s just a lovely wash of flavour.  90 points.

2009 Barossa Mataro, Tim Smith Wines.  Fantastic example of the variety. Has bright fruit cake nose and opulent fruit cake palate with drying tannins. Good cellaring opportunity, 3-5 years.

2008 Barossa Shiraz, Tim Smith Wines. Elegant well balanced wine, with nice level of richness. Still youthful, with fruit pastille aromas and plum-like fruit flavours

2011 London International Wine Competition

2009 MGS.                           TOP SILVER MEDAL

2010 Winewise Small Vigneron Awards

2009 MGS.                           GOLD MEDAL

2008 Barossa Shiraz.          BRONZE MEDAL

Good Living, Huon Hooke. WINE OF THE WEEK

Tim Smith Wines Mataro 2009 Barossa Valley. There seems to be a renewed interest in single-variety Mataro (or mourvedre)wines these days, and why not? The Rhone Valley grape, which normally plays second fiddle to grenache in blends, has been unjustly overlooked. This one is a lovely clean wine with spice and floral aromas that remind of rosewater, and almost luscious fruit-sweetness on the palate. Lots of red fruit flavours, soft and smooth in the mouth with a touch of elegance. The sweet fruit is balanced by savoury tannins, which are soft and fine , while the finish has terrific length. A superb Mataro and great value for money. Drink now to eight years. 95/100. Food: Barbecued lamb chops, steak and kidney pie. Seared kangaroo fillet.

Tim Smith Barossa Mataro Grenache Shiraz 2009. MATARO, Grenache and Shiraz make a traditional Barossa blend too but many of these wines tend to have rather neanderthal personalities based on power and heat. Tim Smith’s version is more elegant. Ripe black-berry and plum, spice and ironstone aroma’s lead through a velvety seamless palate of delicious balance, softness and persistence. (14.5% alcohol, screw cap) Ageing; Drink over 4 years. Food Ideas; Braised shoulder of lamb, mature cheddar. 4 ½ Stars (out of 5).

Daily Telegraph / Adelaide Advertiser / Herald Sun Melbourne / Courier Mail Brisbane / Sunday Mail Perth, Tony Love.

Tim Smith 2010 Adelaide Hills Viognier. Chateau Tanunda’s winemaker – soon to out fully on his own – has been working on his private label for a few years. The Viognier shows his touch and direction – apple cider and apricot notes all working  into a subtle, minerally palate with good underlying acidity crunch, a little ginger (oak) spice, white stone fruit flavours, a bit of funk and excellent food partnering manners. 4 out of 5 stars (a cut above) Value: worthy. Food: Green peppercorn chicken.

2008 Barossa Shiraz. Tim Smith Wines.

A deep inky red colour with intense oak and fruit aromas. Rich and layered spice and well balanced.

2009 MGS, Tim Smith Wines. Mataro, I’d suggest, may soon become the other big calling card for the Barossa Valley. Here’s a blend of 55% Mataro, 39% Grenache with a nominal 6% Shiraz.

Interesting wine and a challenging one too. The flavour profile changed its spots a couple of times during tasting, but one thing stayed the same - its rigid sense of structure and shape. Meaty and peppery initially with juicy raspberry and cherry fruit coming to the fore with air, coal and dried herbs adding complexity. It’s firm, fresh and shapely through the mouth, not much more than medium bodied, with a slightly uncompromising, unfailing sense of its own dark Mataro purpose. Touch of bitterness on the finish. I think it’s trying to tell me, in a thickly accented voice, that it wants to be left alone for a while - given some time to brood in peace. 94 Points. Tasted: Apr10. Alc: 14.5% Drink: 2012 - 2020+

2008 Barossa Shiraz, Tim Smith Wines. Smells of perfumed pretty dill weed and coconut American oak (not heavy, but obvious), red and black fruits and beautiful Barossa coal. It’s medium to full bodied with superb texture - smooth, supple, fine grained tannins and excellent length of flavour. No heat or dead fruit. Putting personal bias and style issues to one side - an excellent wine. 93 Points. Tasted: Jun10. Alc: 14.5% Drink: 2010 – 2016

“Finding it’s Place – Viognier. ….Likewise, the 2009 Tim Smith Adelaide Hills Viognier had an extraordinary delicacy and pristine brightness to its floral perfume and chalky acidity-characters I associate strongly with white wines from the Hills”

National Liquor News – Shiraz Trade Tasting

2008 Barossa Shiraz, Tim Smith Wines. Fine tannins with a good long finish. A commercial style with mass appeal. 3 STARS, TOP RATING WINE.

2009 Tim Smith MGS. This is Tim Smiths best wine yet, which is saying something. It pulls you up. Great noses which generally sweep over glasses are suddenly brought to a dead halt when they hit this one. It’s harmonious; perfectly formed and alive, with all the right stuff in abundance; the nightshades, the carbon black, Smithy’s forge, prunes, morello cherries, dried fig…buy some quickly, but drink it slowly: it needs a decade of dungeon or a day with the top off. Forget Bandol and Chateau-Neuf: this new Australian sets a standard that renders your regular GSM null and void. 14.5% Alc. Screw Cap. 94+++points.

2008 Tim Smith MGS. An interesting Barossa-meets-Rhone style, with unusual elegance for this regional and varietal combination. It smells complex, with earthy, meaty richness, jammy dark-berry aromas and floral touches. The palate has attractive flavours and grainy textural cues typical of Mataro (aka mourvedre). Ripe tannins provide ready drinkability. 14.5%. Screwcap. Aging: drink over 4 years. Food ideas: Mousaka.

4 ½  Stars. $$.

Wine Business Magazine – Top 100 Magazine.

Tim Smith MGS 2008. Tim Smith is one of the Barossa’s unabashed Mataro enthusiasts. This needs decanting to breathe up. The start’s savoury, deep and earthy, developing dried berry aroma’s, black fruits, plums and spice. The palate’s a spicy savoury affair, nice crafted smooth tannin texture, finishing tidy and balanced. Drink now to 2016.  Rated 92 Points.

4 STAR WINERY RATING.

Tim Smith aspires (and succeeds) to make wines in the mould of the great producers of Cote Rotie and Chateauneaf de Pape, but using a New World approach. It is a business in its early stages, with only four wines, a Shiraz, Botrytis Semillon, Viognier and Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvedre. Exports to the UK and US.

Barossa Mataro Grenache Shiraz 2008. 4 ½ glasses. Strong colour; a luscious array of dusky black fruits that glide across the tongue leading to a fresh finish; very good, though atypical. Screwcap. 14.5% alc. Rating 93 To 2017. * Value.

Good on him for calling it Mataro, of which there is 60%, then Grenache 24% with the other bits made up of Shiraz.
Well it’s extremely good, that’s what it is. Love at first sip. Floral, blackberried and meaty all at once with a lightly earthen aspect, and soft, soft but also firm with terrific shape - much like a Dunlopillow.
It’s juicy but not sweet and has no noisome oak - made much like a classic Chateauneuf I’d wager and beautifully done too, exhibiting supreme balance and drinkability. Just smashing really and good to the last - drank the whole bottle (over two nights).

Tasted : Jun09. Alc : 14.5%. Price : $28. Closure : Screwcap. Drink : 2010 – 2018. Rated 94 Points.

2008 Tim Smith Viognier. A neat mix of orange citrus, stone fruits, some savoury, nutty notes and more exotic ginger characters here; this has a fragrant side that really appeals. Smith has gently worked the palate texture into smooth, creamy shape – apricot and peach flavours hold nicely through the finish. 91pts.

2008 Tim Smith MGS. Tim Smiths love of the Mataro grape is on full display in this sanguine, ripe 2008 blend. It has 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. 91pts.

-Nick Stock

The heritage winery Chateau Tanunda has an interesting winemaker under its hood. Tim Smith, though having worked broadly in bigger companies through the Barossa, has pared back to establish his own brand, Tim Smith Wines.
In 2002, Smith began the fruit sourcing process, with an eye for Mataro fruit from older vines.”Making high quality, small batches is what I want most of all. Mataro is a rising hero now, though my interest swelled in the 1980’s through an idle conversation with my winemaking mate Chris Ringland,” said Smith. “Chris and I decided that Mataro was the perfect grape for the region, and one that picks up a lot of complexity as it gets warmer during harvest – I see all sorts of characteristics and the fruit is all about blueberries, dark berries and kirsch. When you get it ripe it has a very firm but soft tannins and it gives really good mouth feel…it’s actually a really versatile grape.”
Smith currently makes a Mataro Grenache Shiraz, but with poorer Grenache crops the Mataro becomes a focal point. Indeed a 2009 Mataro will be released as a single varietal wine in the coming months. The hook for retailers is a small producer and a diverse offering of a quality wine made with purpose.

Smith says Mataro is exciting for its varied nature. “From sandy soils the wines are aromatic and perfumed, without the kind of blood and guts power one expects,” he said. “Soils with clay bases give a thicker aromatic profile, slightly duller, but have a fuller flavour and more throttle.” It’s an interesting exercise taking in the energy winemakers in the Barossa are seeming to have for this varietal.

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