Current Vintage: 2022
A blend of usually two vineyards from the floor of the Barossa Valley, one of them around 140 years of age, the other about 70 years of age. I age my Mataro in larger format older French barrels – usually 500 litre puncheons to slow down the maturation and decrease the oak influence.
Review: 94 points (The Winefront)
“From a single vineyard, believed to be nearly 150 years of age, or over a 100, or whatever. It’s old. Aged in old French and Hungarian puncheons. Bloody and ferrous, a distinct ozone sort of thing here anyway, blackberry, orange peel, dried herb, spice and aniseed. It’s full-bodied, very purple, umami flavours are the thing, though there’s no shortage of bloody black fruit intensity, there’s a very firm juicy orange character to acidity, kind of tangy and zesty, which I think will settle with some bottle age. The finish is long and crammed with flavour. It’s a whole lotta Mataro.” – Gary Walsh
Review: 94 points (QWine)
“I’m not sure who loves Mataro more, Tim Smith or Andrew Seppelt. A pay-per-view street fight in Tanunda may settle it best. This 2022 from Smith is excellent throwing out the challenge to Seppelt once again. Meaty and wonderfully savoury, it is highlighted by roast beef and pan juices early. Roasted beets, orange peel and cured meat drive through with dense dark fruit and dried herbs laced with an edgy spice. There is an appealing density and generosity but it’s not weighty nor bogged down. The longer it sat the more it revealed and I suspect with another year or two under its belt the score would head north. Bravo for Mataro!” – Steve Leszczynski