Tim Smith is a Barossa Valley-based winemaker and one of Australia's most awarded boutique producers. He focuses on making wines from the Barossa region's time proven varietals of Mourvedre (locally called Mataro), Grenache and Shiraz, and also sources exceptional parcels of Shiraz, Riesling and Viognier fruit from Eden Valley.
All Tim Smith wines are made with small select parcels of high quality fruit and are made in small batches of 250-700 cases. The mantra for the brand is that if it does not bear the Tim Smith 'Thumbprint' then it is does not meet the quality standard.
The great undervalued variety of Mataro, a Spanish synonym widely used in the Barossa for the French variety Mourvedre, has long held a fascination for Tim Smith. In the great years, TSW Mataro has the classic varietal aromas of Chinese-5-spice, liquorice and dark berry fruits. The palate is at once spicy, with lively defining tannins due to being picked at exactly the right time and being under the deft hand of Tim Smith once in the winery. Vineyard age is up to 130 years and usually up to four vineyard selections make the final blend.
Black fruit, menthol, dark berry aromas announce themselves from the outset. The palate is ripe with black fruits in a laid back fashion, with spicy interest and a wonderful earthy savoury tone.
Tim Smith has carved out a distinguished career since his humble beginnings as a cellar hand at Yalumba in 1987. This includes winemaking duties at St Hallett, Tatachilla and Chateau Tanunda and winning a scholarship that took him to the Rhone Valley, an experience that would forever shape his winemaking. Today, he is deemed as one of the Barossa Valley’s most notable boutique producers. Since 2001, Tim Smith has specialised in making small batches of wine from the proven Barossa Valley varietals of Shiraz, Mataro, Grenache (and blends of all three) sourced from various vineyard sites in the region. He also makes white wines from Viognier and Riesling sourced from Adelaide Hills and Eden Valley respectively. The wines reflect the vineyard sites of the region as well as Tim’s Rhone Valley inspirations. The reds are full-bodied, aromatic and spicy with savoury tannins, whilst his white wines are fruit driven and textured.
CAMPBELL MATTINSON - THE WINE FRONT
It's beautifully complex wine. It's all gunsmoke and black pepper, smoked herbs and rounds of both blueberry and foresty blackberry. There's a slip of cool mint, a general meatiness, and probably some walnut-like characters too. Variations on a Barossa theme. All the while, the fruit keeps rolling juicily on. It's a mid-weight redÂ with the delicious meter pointing to high. But frank with complex character too.'