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Barossa Mataro

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 2009/2010/2012/2013, 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 up to 130 years and usually up to four vineyard selections make the final blend.

Eden Valley Riesling

Tim Smith has always had a close connection to Eden Valley Riesling. The 2011 vintage is the first officially released in the Tim Smith Wines stable; it quickly caught the eye of James Halliday who awarded it 96 points.

In his early days as assistant winemaker at Yalumba, Tim saw the making of Pewsey Vale and Heggies Rieslings, and later, he made Riesling for a number of smaller Eden Valley producers from the great 2005 vintage. Tim Smith also introduced a single vineyard Riesling into the Chateau Tanunda portfolio with great success.

With Viognier being the only white wine in the Tim Smith portfolio to date; Tim knew the ideal complimentary stable-mate was Riesling.

 

“Given that the Barossa is my home and Eden Valley is synonymous with Riesling both here and abroad, there was a compelling proposition to make this wine. Like all the wines wearing my ‘thumbprint’, quality comes first and I am quietly excited to be able to introduce this Riesling with the support of my loyal grower base." says Tim.


The fruit for the Tim Smith Wines Riesling is hand-picked and comes from a single low-yielding vineyard planted in 1922, at an elevation of 450m above sea level.

Tim Smith’s Eden Valley Riesling is packaged in the new Eden Valley Wine Producers proprietary bottle. The proprietary bottle has been introduced by Eden Valley Wine Producers to give Eden Valley Riesling an identifiable strategic point of difference.

 

Want to hear about the 2011 Eden Valley Riesling? WATCH IT ON YOUTUBE


Eden Valley Viognier

"This wine is increasingly relying on the cooler Eden Valley for finesse in the final blend.  The Eden Valley sub regions I like include Moculta, Craneford, and Eden Valley township." Tim Smith

Tim Smith sees Viognier as a varietal with a sturdy point of difference. He believes that it combines all the great features of other Australian white wines; it has good palate weight like Chardonnay or Semillon, wonderful acid structure like Riesling, and lifted aromatics like Sauvignon Blanc.

It's not essential to eat with this wine however it’s an easy wine to open with a broad range of foods. Try pork ribs marinated in sesame oil and toasted fennel seeds with a radicchio salad, although not too strong a balsamic dressing as it tends to mask the delicacy of the wine. Or an old classic; slow roasted chicken, stuffed with lemons and garlic, rubbed with oregano and served with roasted winter vegetables.

I really think Viognier has a great point of difference in that it combines all the good features of other Australian white wines. For example, it has good palate weight like Chardonnay or Semillon, a great acid structure like Riesling, lifted aromatics like Sauvignon Blanc, and it has the distinct advantage of there being no confusing it with Albarino or Savagnin, whatever that’s called this week...." Tim Smith

MGS (Mataro Grenache Shiraz)

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

Barossa Shiraz

The fruit for this wine is carefully sourced from several old vineyards in the Barossa Valley floor; areas include Tanunda, Seppeltsfield, Nuriootpa, Kalimna and Light Pass. Vine age is 100+ years for the oldest parcel and around 20 years for the youngest. It is the expert selection of these small parcels and subsequent winemaker prowess that creates the resultant reputable wine bearing the stamp of Tim Smith. Aged in a combination of new and old French oak, this wine is another that benefits from cellaring…if you can wait.

 

“I source my Shiraz grapes from about 6 vineyard sites on the Barossa Valley floor. These sites include Eden Valley, Tanunda, Seppeltsfield, Nuriootpa, Kalimna and Light Pass. Vine age is +100 years of age for the oldest parcel, with the younger parcel being about 20 years of age. My approach to making Shiraz is to firstly highlight regionality. Winemaker-style is a close but definite second. The myriad of individual vineyard sites in the Barossa is our distinct advantage in shaping Shiraz wines; we have over a dozen distinct villages, numerous soils, and a range in elevation to achieve this.” Tim Smith

Reserve Shiraz

"Its too easy to use the term 'Reserve', but occasionally a blend or parcel within the portfolio of Shiraz wines I make demands special bottling. Increasingly, these parcels are coming from Eden Valley as I find  more nice little parcels of very Old Vine Shiraz." Tim Smith, 2014.

 

Want to hear about the 2008 Reserve Shiraz? WATCH IT ON YOUTUBE