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Sydney Morning Herald: WINE OF THE WEEK

Good Living, Huon Hooke. WINE OF THE WEEK

Tim Smith Wines Mataro 2009 Barossa Valley. There seems to be a renewed interest in single-variety Mataro (or mourvedre)wines these days, and why not? The Rhone Valley grape, which normally plays second fiddle to grenache in blends, has been unjustly overlooked. This one is a lovely clean wine with spice and floral aromas that remind of rosewater, and almost luscious fruit-sweetness on the palate. Lots of red fruit flavours, soft and smooth in the mouth with a touch of elegance. The sweet fruit is balanced by savoury tannins, which are soft and fine , while the finish has terrific length. A superb Mataro and great value for money. Drink now to eight years. 95/100. Food: Barbecued lamb chops, steak and kidney pie. Seared kangaroo fillet.