Smithy's Blend #5 bottle
We have a lot of fun blending the Smithy's and we make no secret of the process. Wines that we deem not suitable for the Reserve, S.V. or Parola's labels become "Chateau Homeless". This can be for any number of reasons including reduced cellaring potential, insufficient varietal expression, a lack of the palate-weight required to wear Warrabilla branding or some missing element or piece of the puzzle. But this is the great thing about blending. The missing piece of one puzzle, can often be found in another wine with the end result far exceeding the sum of the individual components. And that is the wine we've all come to love.
Deep ruby red in colour with a purple hue at the rim. Shiraz is the dominant grape in this blend and imparts ripe raspberries and a hint of chocolate to the palate. Cabernet and Durif impart blackberry fruits, subtle spice and soft, velvety tannins responsible for the weight and mouthfeel of the wine. Generous oak brings roasted nougat, roast coffee bean and shortbread attributes, working with the fruit to create an almost "Monte Carlo" biscuit attribute. A seriously drinkable drop, enjoy this wine in good company over the next 3 years.