Tim Smith Mataro Grenache Shiraz 2009
$28, Screwcap Luxe (and a good looking new one at that), 14.5%
Forget Shiraz, the future of the Barossa is all about Mataro. Or at least Mataro/Grenache/Shiraz blends like this, with the proportions altered according to what looks good each year. This wine shows just how attractive the blend can be, further emphasising also how impressive 09 looks to be in the Barossa.
Lovely nose. Lush, plush, meaty, stinky, stalky, peppery and fresh, with every whiff giving off something different, suggesting complexity aplenty. The whole bunch influence here is very positive (or at least I think so) giving an extra depth of fragrance and depth. Palate follows this with plump berry fruit that tastes like plum and cooked berry concentrate, such is its richness and intensity, in a solid flow of ripeness. It’s just a fraction stewed towards the mid palate and there is quite a suggestion of ironstone on the palate – something reductive and dark in there which I’m picking as old Mataro doing it’s thing. Finish is long, slightly gritty and lasts for plenty.
In short, there is much to like about this Barossan red blend. It’s still coming together as a wine, but the purity of expression is right up there. Like it alot. 17.7/92+