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2020 Tim Smith 'Bugalugs' Shiraz: Barossa Valley, Australia


Tasting Notes

This 100% Shiraz is is oh so delicious and probably one of our favorite New World Shiraz wines.  Just a little swirl in the glass and this wine opens up to wonderful aromas of blueberry and blackberry preserves with subtle licorice and violet. The palate definitely meets the expectation of power and richness of a well-made Australian Shiraz! Rich, vibarant red and dark fruits, such as blueberry, cherry, blackberry and plum blend well with the overt oaky notes on the finish. Truly, a well-made New World Red!! A must try in our book.

Winery Details

Tim Smith is a Barossa Valley-based winemaker and one of Australia’s most awarded boutique producers. He focuses on making wines from the Barossa region’s time proven varietals of Mourvedre (locally called Mataro), Grenache and Shiraz, and also sources exceptional parcels of Shiraz, Riesling and Viognier fruit from Eden Valley.

Tim’s story started, like many, with a bottle of wine and a dream. His first wine industry role was as a cellar hand at Yalumba in 1987. Fifteen years later, with considerable support from the Yalumba team, he became Winemaker with a wine science degree under his belt and won the Winemaker Exchange Scholarship as part of the Barossa Valley/Rhone Valley Winemaker Exchange Program. He spent a watershed vintage period in the North and South Rhone Valleys, where he was able to shadow a few of the region’s most dynamic winemakers including Thierry Boudinaud and Alberic Mazoyer. This gave him the inspiration to form his own wine company to make the wines he truly enjoys drinking, and on a sunny afternoon drinking Condrieu at the foot of the famous Chapel in Tain L’Hermitage, he promptly repaid his then employers’ generosity by resigning. Returning to Australia he formed Tim Smith Wines, producing the first vintage in 2002.

He chose God’s-Own-Barossa as his home, on account of its dream combination of the right region and the right varieties. Within this region, old vine Mataro, Grenache, Shiraz and Riesling are found in small pockets, and Tim turns these ‘gardens’ into something special. A combination of age-old varieties and clones, plus the myriad of soil structures and elevations within this famous region, makes it a winemakers’ playground.

Wine Summary

Winery/Producer: Tim Smith

Grape(s): 100% Shiraz (aka Syrah)

Style: Red, dry

Origin: Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia

Vinification: The grapes are harvested and fermented using traditional winemaking methods.

Aging: Aged in French and American oak barrels.

% ABV: 14.5%