Seductive Barossa Mataro Grenache Shiraz (made intriguingly with Mataro being the dominant grape) inspired by Tim Smith's love of Bandol reds.
Andrew Graham 92 Points!
Tim Smith has a real knack with texture. That may sound notional, but all of his reds – and I’m largely talking reds here – have a generosity that I suspect has broad appeal. I want to call it softness, but it’s not actually soft. Seamless is a better description.Whatever you call it, Tim’s wines have it. This blend certainly does. A flip-of-the-ratio MGS matured in old oak, it is a purple-edged, entirely juicy red that flows with tarry redcurrant and raspberry liqueur, the oak (welcomingly) adding nothing, the fruit all on show. The star of the show here is the Mataro and Grenache, which together give this blackberry and charcuterie without the plum of Shiraz really dominating. It’s GSM Jim, but not as we know it. There’s a little spirit on the tail but the length helps you get over that. This is a real, generous, Barossan red that flows seamlessly in an almost cosy (ie nothing sticks out, it just rolls) fashion. Much to like.
Andrew Graham, OzWineReview, April 2017
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.
“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.”