Tim Smith Barossa Shiraz 2020

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One of Australia's most talented and awarded winemakers, Tim Smith is focused on making benchmark examples of the Barossa's time proven varietals; Shiraz, Mataro and Grenache. Anything up to 12 vineyards go into this wine: it’s typically a blend of ~50:50 Barossa and Eden Valleys. The Barossa Valley provides the engine room for the palate, the Eden Valley components provide the lifted aromatics. Mostly French oak, and mostly 500 litre ‘puncheons’ to slow down the oak uptake and preserve aromatics.
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  • 2018 received Campbell Mattinson: 94/100 "It’s a seamless release and a powerful one."
  • Aromas of blackberry, plum, a little nougat and coconut, chocolate.
  • Try it with wood fired cherry tomato and buffalo mozzarella pizza.
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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Blackberry
    • Blueberry
    • Pepper
  • Palate
    • Blackberry
    • Fruit Cake
    • Tobacco

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Campbell Mattinson

    94
    "(2018 vintage) It’s a seamless release and a powerful one. It’s loaded with dark berried flavour but it’s more than just mid palate; everything pushes impressively through the finish. Milk coffee, graphite, rich plum and peppercorn. Everything sings in tune. Everything nails the brief."

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Locations

Australia

The Australian wine industry is the fourth-largest exporter in the world, exporting 760 million litres to countries such as the UK, France, Italy and Spain. It has been one of the most successful 'New World' wine producing countries. It has done this by formally exporting and marketing its wines as a whole, through Wine Australia. There is also a significant domestic market for Australian wines, with Australians consuming nearly 500 million litres of wine per year. The wine industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy through production, employment, export and tourism.

Wine regions are in almost all the states with Victoria having 21 regions! Read more about key wine regions such as Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and local to New South Wales, Cowra, Southern Highlands and Mudgee.

South Australia

If you like Australian wine, then you probably like South Australia wine. The rich reds produced there put Australia on the wine-making map of the world. With over 40% of the country's vineyards, South Australia can rightfully call itself the wine state.

Wines are produced in several regions throughout the state, though many are naturally grouped together, like Barossa and Eden Valleys, only 15 minutes apart. They include such regions as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, The Limestone Coast, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully to name but a few!

Barossa Valley boasts some of the oldest vines in Australia dating back to 1843 and produces some of the world's finest Shiraz, whilst the 'terra rossa' soils of Coonawarra is most suited to producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons. If you're a fan of Riesling, Clare Valley is a great place to explore and for a Maritime climate not dissimilar to parts of the Italian coastline, seek out the wines from McLaren Vale.

Barossa Valley

The Barossa Valley is about an hour and a half drive to the North of Adelaide, in South Australia and is the oldest wine region in the country, founded by German settlers. The region can be credited with putting Australian wine on the world wine map, thanks to Shiraz, which thrives in the warm climate (though Hunter Valley Semillon also contributed.)

For many years traditionalist wine makers thought the grape variety was best suited to the cooler climates of the Rhone Valley and that the variety would cook in the warmth of the Australian sun. Although South Australian Shiraz is a bigger, beefier wine than its southern French counterpart Syrah, no one can deny the region's propensity to produce world-class wines.

Not only Shiraz is cultivated in Barossa Valley, with other red varieties such as Grenache, Mourvedre (Mataro) and to a lesser extent Cabernet Sauvignon. The white varieties that thrive best seem to be Semillon, Chardonnay and Rhone varietals like viognier, Marsanne and Roussane.

The Valley has many subregions which all have unique terroirs. Seppeltsfield, Marananga, Greenock are to name but a few. With a huge number of wineries in such a small area and a host of accommodation, the region is very popular for wine tourism. In the words of Master of Wine Jancis Robinson, the Barossa Valley became "Australia's quintessential wine region."

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About the brand Tim Smith Wines

Tim Smith partners with some of the best growers throughout the Barossa and pays top dollar to get his hands on some of the best parcels of old-vine fruit around. He has a deft touch and works wonders with Barossa's key varietals namely Mataro, Grenache and Shiraz but crafts his wines with a distinct Rhone influence. He spent vintages with some of the great Northern Hemisphere producers like Chapoutier and Gabriel Meffre. His wines have been favourably compared to fine Côte Rôtie and Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines made using a New World approach.

He is one of Australia's most awarded boutique producers and his wines have won hundreds of awards and medals over the years, most notably perhaps was the Best in Class Trophy the 2009 vintage MGS won at the prestigious London International Wine Show.

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