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You’ll notice the thumbprint on the label of these Tim Smith wines. The thumbprint, to my mind, takes on another level of significance here with the Barossa Shiraz. It’s not just the thumbprint of a top winemaker on show, but that of a region with a long and important history. This is Barossa Shiraz through and through, hold onto your hats ladies and gents…
For this wine, Smith goes to the source of such joy for the Barossa winemaker, the century-plus-old vines of Tanunda, Nurioopta, Kalimna and Lightpass. There’s a little Eden Vallet fruit in the mix also, but the fruit of old Barossa is front and centre here in all its impressive glory.
In short, Smith has knocked the 2014 vintage out of the park. Andrew Graham called it “ripe and ultra smooth Shiraz that is quintessentially Barossan.”
Mike Bennie called it, “… luxurious and pitch perfect as Barossa Shiraz can be.” and finished with “This should be on your 2014 Barossa Shiraz hit list, no doubt.” Campbell Mattinson took it one step further with a huge 96 point review.
At this price and level of quality, this is a rare bird from the 2014 Barossa vintage. Barossa lovers, bring your wheelbarrows.
What It Tastes Like
“Smooth ride here. Rich scents of warm earth, clove spice, liquorice, dark berries. It’s supple, sumptuous but not overly heavy in the palate. Liquid choc-berry, spice and lathed oak rides long and stains the palate. It’s warm without heat, luxurious and pitch perfect as Barossa Shiraz can be. This should be on your 2014 Barossa Shiraz hit list, no doubt.” - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
96 points. “This is a beauty. Packed to the rafters with dark-berried fruit yet both bright and savoury as a bonus. Tannin takes careful control as the wine moves through the palate. Perfumed oak plays a role, and an important one, but almost without you even knowing it. From the first sip you know you’re onto a good one here.”
- Campbell Mattinson (Australian Wine Companion)
93 points “A lot to like about Tim Smith and his wines. More so that he sometimes sends up a baton-sized stick of Linkes mettwurst. The famed Barossa smallgood is worth plus two points per wine.
Smooth ride here. Rich scents of warm earth, clove spice, liquorice, dark berries. It’s supple, sumptuous but not overly heavy in the palate. Liquid choc-berry, spice and lathed oak rides long and stains the palate. It’s warm without heat, luxurious and pitch perfect as Barossa Shiraz can be. This should be on your 2014 Barossa Shiraz hit list, no doubt.”
- Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
92 points. “From the intensity and wild concentration of the Kaesler wines to a much more gentle, silky style of Barossan in this Tim Smith Shiraz.
Sourced from the Barossa and Eden Valleys, this is all about berry juiciness, complemented by the sort of mouth coating milk chocolate oak textural element that suggests very clever oak handling.
It’s ultra smooth and silky, the tannins light and fine, the flow of quite classic Barossa Shiraz well clothed. This is genuinely appealing in its Barossan form – laidback, ripe and ultra smooth Shiraz that is quintessentially Barossan, yet still medium bodied and even gentle.
Interestingly this reminds me of a slightly lighter version of a St Hallett Old Block Shiraz. Could be the Eden Valley fruit? Or just that oak texture? Smart wine, affable wine – and much more drinkable than the Kaesler reds (if in a very different form). Best drinking: 2016-2030. 17.8/20, 92/100. 14%, $38. Would I buy it? I’d drink a bottle no probs.”
- Andrew Graham (Australian Wine Review)
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
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
Tim Smith loves the Barossa and he’s not afraid to yell it from the rafters. His range of Barossa and Eden classics are exemplary value and of very high quality. There is an honesty to the wines he makes and a charming rusticity across all the wines. If you love classic Barossa wines with style, you are going to get along with Tim just fine.
The Barossa has a big reputation. Big in every sense of the word. Known for producing blockbusting examples of impenetrable old vine Shiraz and Grenache envied by much of the world, it is a region that should be celebrated as the region that first put Australian wine on the map. Now, with a new generation of winemakers reinventing the region, there’s more than just power in the Barossa’s bag of tricks. With a move toward picking earlier and pulling back on oak maturation, there’s a fresher, more subtle side to Barossa wine which offers plenty to the modern Australian wine lover.
Long held up to the rest of the world as Australia’s flagship red variety, the mighty Australian Shiraz has undergone something of a renaissance over the past two decades. While our robust styles of Shiraz from powerhouse South Australian regions such as the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale may have put Australian wine on the map, Shiraz from our cooler regions are giving the variety a new look. Wines from Canberra, all parts of Victoria, the Adelaide Hills, and the Great Southern, are all delivering wines of finesse and spice set to a lighter framework. The tapestry of Australian Shiraz is richly diverse, and will only continue to develop and mature into the future.
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