Tim Smith was fortunate enough to work for Yalumba, St Hallett, Tatachilla and Chateau Tanunda while finding his feet in the industry. He also squeezed in extra vintages in France, Portugal and New Zealand. Tim Smith Wines focuses on Barossa and Eden Valley stalwart varieties: Riesling, Viognier, Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz. Most of the wines are sourced from older vineyards that are grown sustainably, and with minimal sprays; the Barossa is a warm region and therefore the disease pressure is naturally low. The wines are made in a ‘hands off’ manner, so no added tannins, enzymes or fining agents with minimal clarification and low sulphur additions the order of the day. The wines are therefore, by default, suitable for vegans and vegetarians.TWS's red wine range starts off with the two Bugalugs wines, a Shiraz and a Grenache. These wines are deliberately bottled early to retain fresh, primary fruit characters. While they have the capacity to age, they are so vibrant and delicious when young, why would you bother? Handy though if you buy a case and don’t get around to polishing it off quickly. The Mataro Grenache Shiraz is sourced from a range of vineyards across the Barossa and includes some vineyards up to 140 years of age with an average age across the vineyard blocks of 85 years! In good vintages, there is also a Shiraz in the range. These are, again, from old vines grown by small family vignerons. The oak regime followed is increasingly shifting towards the use of larger format, mostly French, and older barrels. A small percentage of new French oak is used in making the Shiraz, to build structure and tannin for age-ability.
The emphasis at Tim Smith Wines is clearly on highest quality old vine fruit with oak only used to the extent that it can improve the wine. Check out some Tim Smith Wines here.