Tim Smith, Mataro
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Tim Smith, Mataro - 2019

Item # 40864 750mL
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Tasting Notes

A blend of fruit from 3 different vineyards with 3 distinct soil types. The low-yielding vines range up to 130 years old. The Kalimna block (130 yrs old) is grey sandy soil, almost like a beach. This provides great fragrance and perfume. The wine is aged in large, old barrels.

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Staff Pick Notes

Tim Smith is a rock star winemaker, figuratively and literally! Formerly a roadie for many of Australia’s greatest rock bands during the 80s, Smith resigned himself to work in the wine industry to support his family and live a more stable lifestyle. While in Rhone during a harvest with a bottle of Viognier in hand, he decided this would be the work he would dedicate the rest of his life to. Sourcing grapes from Barossa and Eden Valley, this plush and fresh Mataro (Australia’s name for Mouvedre) shows spectacularly with punchy flavors and rounded, supple tannins. Aged in old French oak allows the wine to breathe and speak truthfully, displaying aromas of fatty smoked brisket, black pepper, and dried tobacco and flavors of black olive, blackberry bramble with a soft oregano finish. This wine is rocking and rolling.


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Barossa Valley

Perhaps no name is as emblematic of high-quality Shiraz as is South Australia's Barossa valley, the heart of the country's wine industry. Home to the famous ancient vineyards of Australia wines, the Barossa valley viticultural region actually encompasses two valleys, the Barossa and the cooler, higher-altitude Eden valley; historically, production has centered around the Barossa valley, with its...

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Australian Shiraz (made from the grape called “Syrah” in other parts of the world) shows the essence of the outback: it’s big, bold, and a little rough around the edges. The vast country leaves lots of room for variation, however, with its many terroirs each yielding distinctively styled wines. The climate of South Australia’s McLaren Vale district is heavily influenced by the ocean; wines here...

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South Australia

South Australia is home to nearly half the country's wine production as well as the center of premium Shiraz production. It contains the Clare Valley, Barossa Valley, Eden Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, Padthaway, and Coonawarra regions.

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