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Saturday, 21 January 2012

Tim Smith Mataro 2009

 A fifteen year career that started out with Yalumba as a cellar hand and most recently as winemaker at Chateau Tanunda, Tim Smith Wines was born of an idea in 2001 whilst drinking Condrieu in the Northern Rhone.

Tim himself states a commitment to the region's proven varietals - including my beloved Mataro.  This example is off of vines circa 50 years old, fruit typically selected from up to four vineyards.

On initially opening it shows itself to be a touch more fruit forward than other Mataros: requisite kirsch and other black fruits.  Initially struck me as more Barossan than of the variety.  Over time, it settles into itself to reveal more black fruited matter with a dominant line of licorice; over two days Szechuan spice tantalises the senses, a lovely line of spice coursing through the wines core.

Entry shows quite a layered wine, thick and syrupy.  A tarriness on the palate takes the wine forward; juice laden and moreish, it finishes just short of a good length.  91 - Very Good

Source:Retail, Cru Cellars
Price: $30 ish
Alcohol:14.5%
Closure: Diam

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