SMYTHE ROAD PHILOSOPHY
Our small patch of vineyard in the Stonewell region of the Barossa Valley allows us to focus on every vine in our goal to produce shiraz grapes of intense fruit character and elegant tannins. These are essential qualities for premium Barossa Shiraz.Our philosophy is to maximise this quality in producing a wine that matches the traditional Barossa style, which is gradually being lost to the mass commercial styles of the major companies.
We keep the yield to under 3 tonne to the acre; carefully hand pick every bunch and ensure the wine is fermented in a single batch to preserve the rich fruit character. The style of SMYTHE ROAD PURE BAROSSA SHIRAZ is further developed through maturation in a range of French, American and Russian oak barrels for a minimum of twelve months. The finished wine reflects the care and dedication of a hand-crafted product under the guidance of the legendary Jim Irvine and outstanding talents of winemaker David Norman.
THE MYSTERY OF THE 'E'
It has been noticed by those with a keen eye that we choose to spell 'Smythe' with an additional 'e' when the actual name of the road upon which our block is situated is in fact spelt 'Smyth'.
The decision to alter the spelling was done for a number of reasons. The most practical of which was to ensure the name 'Smythe' was pronounced in the correct manner of 'Sm-eye-the' as opposed to the incorrect 'Sm-i-th'.
But more importantly, the addition of the 'e' is symbolic of the philosophy of Smythe Road: it represents our desire to achieve true 'excellence' and 'endurance'. It's that something 'extra' that makes Smythe Road utterly 'enjoyable'.