Tim Smith is an incredibly talented winemaker and one of Australia's most awarded. He is renowned as one of the Barossa's best boutique producers. Tim Smith focuses on making wines from the region's time proven varietals of Mataro, Grenache and Shiraz, he also sources an exceptional parcel of fruit from the Adelaide Hills for his TSW Viognier and also an exceptional parcel of fruit from Eden Valley for his Eden Valley Riesling.
Tim Smith started his wine career as a cellar hand at Yalumba in 1987. 15 years later, with considerable support from the Yalumba team, he was Winemaker with a wine science degree under his belt and won the Winemaker Exchange Scholarship as part of the Barossa Valley/Rhone Valley Winemaker Exchange Program. Since then he has worked as a Winemaker with St Hallett, Tatachilla and Chateau Tanunda.
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.
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