Dry and savoury in the Provencal style. Cool fermented to retain aromatics. Ice buckets. Swimming pools. Pool boys. Some soft cheese maybe…
This is Tim Smith’s second ever rose though he has been working with Mataro for several decades.
Vines planted mid 20th century in white sandy soils. No artificial herbicides or pesticides used. Hand-picked, destemmed and wild fermented in stainless steel. 350 cases made.
Tim has a long winemaking history and has made wines under the Tim Smith label for 13+ years. Sourcing fruit from old vines (100+ yrs) across Barossa, his wines are superb expressions of the variety Barossa soils have to offer. Focus is on traditional Rhone varietals and hands-off winemaking. Wild yeast, mostly old oak, no fining/filtration. Total annual production around 5,000 cases.
Vintage: 2022 kicked off with average to above average rainfall during winter through to November giving way to a very dry December with a large rain event in February freshening up the vines leading into harvest. Yields from the vineyard was low but the fruit showed excellent intensity with acid levels holding in the grapes for a prolonged period providing near perfect ripening conditions. Winemakers are talking about vintage ‘22 wines as elegant and structured, with depth and length of flavour.
Critic Tasting Notes: "Never say never. So Tim for the second time made Mataro grapes into a Rose and started up some pretty good consistency. Strawberries and cream, orange peel, pink peach. Cool in flavours, light and sleek. Minty freshness, blackcurrant leaf. A nutty/biscuity nuance chimes in too. Finishes with a crisp, clean cut, giving you a strong urge to take another sip. Go ahead, don’t be shy. It drinks beautifully." – Kasia Sobiesiak, 92 points (The Winefront)