In the glass, this wine has an alluring black core with a bright magenta rim. The nose is full of inviting raspberries, cassis, spice, with floral notes and grilled meats. The palate has blueberries and cassis, with creamy vanilla notes. Juicy soft tannins carry the fruit to a long delicious finish. This Pedra Branca Separavi by Smidge Wines is juicy and moreish.
"From the subregion of Tatachilla, planted on clay punctuated with ironstone, over a limestone substrata. Hand-picked fruit, no adds and fermented wild in open fermenters. 28 days on skins, all up. 18 months in used French wood. Unfiltered. A great colour: explosive in terms of its pulpy, inky opacity and purple edges. It almost glows! Possibly the finest iteration of this wonderful variety in Australia to date. Everything about it makes me smile. Black-fruit allusions, smoked meats, iodine, ample florals and best of all, a broad dissection of the rich palate by ferruginous tannins: burly, gritty and shaped to draw saliva to ready one for the meal ahead.
- Ned Goodwin, Halliday Australian Wine Companion Feb 2021 95/100
The Houdini is the easy drinking introductory range for Smidge Wines. Matured in predominantly French oak, this wine has a dark red core with a magenta rim. On the nose, the wine is fresh and playful with a mix of red/black fruits, dark chocolate, licorice, spice and subtle vanilla. Flowing onto the palate, the wine is dark and juicy from start to finish, with plums and cherries. Balanced with fresh acid, spice and chocolate, the palate rolls on evenly with fine tannins and a creamy rounded finish.
Aromas of blackberries, licorice, dried herbs, plums and spice. Flavours are full and rich, certainly in the dark fruit spectrum, but there is also a minty coolness to the palate as well as quite grippy and textured tannins and lively acidity that keep the flavours fresh and focused - Aaron Brasher The Real Review 93/100
The Smidge Wines S celebrates the origin of Smidge with an extremely limited release wine that promises only the best of Barossa Shiraz. Each year, Matt tastes through all the barrels and selects the very best for this flagship wine. The first release was nominated for the George Mackay Trophy as Australia's Best Exported Wine. Smidge S has consistently returned 94+ point wines since Matt created that first vintage back in 2002. In the glass, the ‘S’ has a black core with a deep red rim. There are elegant aromas of red/black fruits and spicy, earthy notes with hints of grilled meats, graphite and controlled oak. On the palate, the fruit continues with rich plums and blueberries with delicate spice and chocolate which all roll onto a juicy palate with fine tannins that go on and on. The elegant bottle with minimalist labelling makes this an attractive and highly desirable gift for those who know their wine and love shiraz.
La Grenouille from Smidge Wines is a Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from an immaculate vineyard in the western Willunga area at the southern end of greater McLaren Vale in South Australia. The vines on the block are approximately 60 years old. In the glass, La Grenouille immediately shows its hand with a deep colour, almost black with a magenta rim. The aromas are not shy, with lots of dark cherries, plums, with spice and tobacco. The palate continues the story; the Mediterranean climate of McLaren Vale regularly delivers Cabernet with power, elegance and balance. La Grenouille is no exception, exhibiting dark fruits and chocolate with a balance of juiciness and subtle savoury notes, finishing with long fine tannins. Drink now or cellar carefully until 2035.
95 Points "Really youthful, purple and deeply-coloured in the glass. The aromas are all about dark fruits and then there’s dried herbs, sage, black olive, licorice and a cool graphite edge. Flavours are rich, layered and mouthfilling. Plenty of mulberry, dark cherry, anise and spice, there’s a lushness to the fruit but there’s ample savoury, structured and complexing tannin that gives the wine real definition, length and seriousness. A really delicious wine 01 MAY 2021" Aaron Brasher The Real Review
"A grand man in stature and personality with a commanding presence and cheeky humour he was passionate, unstoppable, generous to the core, and according to many ahead of his time. It seems appropriate that our Mclaren Vale Shiraz shares many rich characteristics of this great man whose memory remains a legend among us Smidge Wines are a tribute to the small things in life that make it all worthwhile" - Matt Wenk