From the intensity and wild concentration of the Kaesler wines to a much more gentle, silky style of Barossan in this Tim Smith Shiraz.
Sourced from the Barossa and Eden Valleys, this is all about berry juiciness, complemented by the sort of mouth coating milk chocolate oak textural element that suggests very clever oak handling.
It’s ultra smooth and silky, the tannins light and fine, the flow of quite classic Barossa Shiraz well clothed. This is genuinely appealing in its Barossan form – laidback, ripe and ultra smooth Shiraz that is quintessentially Barossan, yet still medium bodied and even gentle.
Interestingly this reminds me of a slightly lighter version of a St Hallett Old Block Shiraz. Could be the Eden Valley fruit? Or just that oak texture? Smart wine, affable wine – and much more drinkable than the Kaesler reds (if in a very different form). Best drinking: 2016-2030. 17.8/20, 92/100. 14%, $38. Would I buy it? I’d drink a bottle no probs.