Thanks to Steve Leszczynski at QWine for this review…

Many Barossa producers make a GSM, but not Tim Smith. His epic crush on Mataro ensures he twists the blend slightly to deliver an MGS. He hasn’t missed the mark either. He rarely does. This is a brilliant wine for 30 bucks.

Smith loves Mataro so much that he produced his first-ever Rosé from the variety last year. Up until last year, he said he’d never make a Rosé. Never say never. Don’t bother chasing any either. It sold out in quick time.


As ever, Smith’s fingerprints are all over this MGS, as is his trademark thumb print on the front label.

Meticulously handled with judicious thought behind the process, the fruit sings. Juicy Mataro is playful and joyous lassoing pretty Grenache to play an impressive support role. Some meatiness, fine ripples of chocolate, the raspberries and blackberry fruits are just plush.

The Mataro and Grenache just waltz through the mouth leaving Shiraz the final word with delicate spices. Curiously, it’s a 58/21/21 blend, I would have thought the Grenache percentage was much greater given how forward it is.

Overall, this is a smashing blend. Just glorious. Barossa 2021 is a killer vintage and this exemplifies what is in store. Run, don’t walk.

Drink to five years.