Viognier - Tim Smith

Regular price $23.00

This bottle

Tim Smith 2015

Barossa Valley - South Australia

Tim's story started, like many, with a bottle of wine and a dream. It was the 80s and Tim was a young man. He was sipping on a bottle of local red. It was a special moment, because he decided then and there he would make wine!

He earned his stripes as a cellar hand at Yalumba. It was here he started to perfect his trade. Earning a wine science degree and winning  a Winemaker Exchange Scholarship as part of the Barossa Valley/Rhone Valley Winemaker Exchange Program. Tim launched his first vintage in 2002 and hasn't looked back since.

Banjo says: A wine of intrigue and paradox weighty, yet delicate; full bodied, yet fresh. Viognier is capable of such a wide spectrum of flavours, and this one is more ginger, apple and herbs than any upfront tropical fruits. Its sturdy, as in built for comfort rather than speed, but has a lovely slippery feel. Plenty of flavour here.

The grape type

Think of Viognier as Chardonnay’s wild, edgy little brother. It has a lot of the same creamy characteristics but spices things up with a tangier, more aromatic flavour. Because of its richness mixed with spice, it's a perfect white wine for dishes with lots of herbs and spices!

Found: Originally in Northern Rhone in France

Fruit flavours: Pineapple, melon, apricots, peach

Other descriptions: Aromatic, creamy, bold

The pairings

Food matching: Lots of herbs, Flavour packed veggie dishes

Viognier has a great aromatic taste, with a bit more density in flavours than other whites. You can match it with foods that have lots of flavour in them, such as many ethnic or exotic foods (think Middle Eastern, African, Peruvian).  It also does a great job with heavier vegetable dishes without overpowering them, such as eggplant or sun-dried tomatoes.

Season matching: Autumn

Mood matching: Contemplative

Taste matching: Tangy