Sunday, 19 April 2020

Tim Smith Reserve Shiraz 2018

Tim Smith hasn't released a Reserve Shiraz since 2014. He's back on the dance floor with this brilliant 2018 edition. There's an elegance here which is hard to resist.


The fruit for this wine is predominantly from the Eden Valley. The vines in the Eden Valley don't grow as quickly and they have smaller berries compared to those in the Barossa.

Only 200 dozen were produced. Spending 18 months in French oak, scents of coffee grounds rise up from the glass. The pristine fruit is drenched in delicious red and black berries. Some meatiness tucks itself in and relaxes in the background. All I can think of is German sausages. Baking spices shimmer as this wine fills the mouth with ease. You get a sense the fruit is at a protest rally - moving in, sitting down and not moving. The length is sublime - dangerously smooth and moreish. Soft tannins urge attention and scream moreishness. Yeah, resistance is futile.

Drink to ten years+

95/100

Region: Barossa
RRP: $125
Source: Sample

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