Announcing the Release of Magic Dirt from Smidge Wines

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Magic Dirt is a series of Shiraz wines by Matt Wenk inspired by the various sub regions’ terroir of South Australia’s Barossa Valley.

We have chosen three subregions that show profound differences, but still reflect the true qualities of great Barossa Valley Shiraz.

Smidge Wines, the private label of one of Australia’s most exciting wine-making talents, Matt Wenk, has brought out Magic Dirt, a series of Shiraz wines inspired by the various sub regions’ terroir of South Australia’s Barossa Valley.

“After many years in development, planning and tasting, we are pleased to release our first Magic Dirt wines,” Matt Wenk said. “We have chosen three subregions that show profound differences, but still reflect the true qualities of great Barossa Valley Shiraz.”

In the latest James Halliday 2013 Wine Companion, all three 2009 Magic Dirt Wines were reviewed. All received 95 points or more, with two also making the Best of the Best list for Shiraz. Read more reviews at this link: http://smidgewines.com/smidge-wine-reviews/

The Magic Dirt wines have been made using the same oak and maturation time and showcase the variation in character from each area. It is a celebration of terroir with an inventive twist. The vineyards selected by Matt Wenk for Magic Dirt are Stonewell, Greenock, and Moppa.

More About Matt Wenk

While Matt Wenk is best known for his role as Chief Winemaker at the highly acclaimed Two Hands stable, Smidge Wines continue show Matt’s talent for finding outstanding vineyards that consistently deliver remarkable fruit, and transforming them to unique, small volume, world class wines.

After completing vintages in California, Adelaide Hills, Hunter Valley, McLaren Vale and France, Matt formed Smidge as a creative outlet allowing him to make wine that he was most passionate about. The 2002 vintage was Smidge’s first release and it was a single vineyard Langhorne Creek Zinfandel that launched the label. The wine was named the Tardy in honour of Matt's reputation for time keeping and it reflects Matt's passion for the variety, which began in his days at Nepenthe and transformed into an obsession during his time in California. Not surprisingly this wine sold out prior to release.

Since then, the Smidge portfolio has evolved into various tiers, providing a diversity of wines, while still showcasing Matt’s talents as a master winemaker and perfectionist, able to capture the delicate balance between science and art. Independent of the names, the wines and the styles, Smidge’s overriding goal remains to give those who really appreciate wine something that is singularly enjoyable, truly special and uniquely memorable.

Matt Wenk has become recognised as one of Australia’s foremost talents. His wines have been acclaimed in Spectator’s Top 100 since 2003, and with more than 200 wines rating greater than 90 points in esteemed publications such as Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, International Wine Cellar and Wine Spectator, Matt has defined his reputation for finding and crafting the very best fruit into stunning parcels of Australia’s best wine.

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New Reviews: 5 Stars and 'Best of the Best'

James Halliday’s 2013 Wine Companion recently awarded Smidge Wines a ‘Five Star’ rating and high marks - a 96 and 95 - for Smidge’s Magic Dirt series. Two of the Magic Dirts made Halliday’s Best of the Best list for Shiraz. Other Halliday highlights are 94 points each for Smidge’s 2009 Barossa Valley Adamo and the winery’s first estate Shiraz, a McLaren Vale Houdini.

For more information: http://smidgewines.com

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