Tim Smith makes wines on his patch of dirt in the Barossa Valley; Mataro, Grenache and Shiraz. He’ll be bringing them to GAME OF RHONES 2017, but we thought we’d steal him for a five-minute chat before the event.
Tell us your story!
Tim Smith Wines came about as a consequence of me not wanting to work for the man making wines to a recipe and for a particular market. I’ve made booze in Portugal, France, New Zealand as well as a brief, current 30 year stint here in the Barossa… I love it immensely, but I’d trade it all just to play one song with AC/DC while Bon Scott was still alive.
Tell us three things about your style of wines?
Polished. Fresh. Layered.
G, S or M?
M. It’s got such alluring sexy characters and when done right, it’s easily one of the best wine styles in the world. Come at me now, Burgundy snobs!
What can we expect from you at Game of Rhones?
My smouldering good looks, plus some ok-ish Mataro…
What’s your favourite/most memorable Rhone wine experience?
Drinking Condrieu at the St Christopher chapel in Hermitage. It was the light bulb moment for me in terms of what wine styles I truly love and want to make. From South to North in the Rhone; there isn’t an appellation I don’t truly enjoy drinking.
If you were a Game of Thrones character, who would you be and why?
Ned Stark – a man of honour and principle…
If you weren’t a winemaker, what would you be?
A drum tech for Phil Rudd (ex AC/DC drummer)
What do you drink when no one is watching?
Sauvignon Blanc. Adelaide Hills though…