96 Points - Tyson Stelzer
Kym Teusner is one of the most highly regarded 'next generation' Barossa winemakers; producing wines with a wonderful balance of the natural power of old-vine Barossa and an appealing elegance and complexity.
Teusner's Avatar has established itself as a benchmark example of the famous Barossa blend of Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz. With vine age of the Grenache and Mataro vines almost 100 years old, Avatar consistently delivers an intensely flavoured yet beautifully perfumed and approachable red that's pretty hard to resist. The 2019 vintage of Teusner Avatar is again in cracking form and offers sensational value at this discounted price.
"96 Points. A longstanding mainstay of the ever-diversifying Teusner stable, Avatar has always been one of my Barossa GMS go-tos. Teusner's mastery in championing fruit and integrity before oak and artefact make for exquisite definition and detail, multi-dextrous food-matching versatility and downright deliciousness. Oh, and nothing is lost in longevity, either. Its true greatness is confirmed by superfine tannins, effortless fruit persistence and impeccable, understated oak support. Screw cap. 14.5% alc. To 2029. $40"- Tyson Stelzer, Halliday Wine Companion 2022.
"93+ Points. Made using old vine grenache, mataro and shiraz. Beautiful wine. Lovely pitch and flow. Raspberries, violets, woodsy spices and boysenberries. A bit of jamminess but in a context of both spice and freshness. Tannin, fine-grained, like mesh. Ticks all the boxes. Grenache blend in an excellent place. 14.5% alc. $40. Screwcap. Drink: 2022 - 2030"- Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.
Teusner Wines came into being late in 2001 when Kym Teusner witnessed a conversation between his girlfriend’s uncle and his brother. They were discussing the viability of an old Grenache vineyard, planted in the Northern Barossa Valley by their grandfather.
The low yields and low prices being paid by the ‘Big Boys’ meant that the vineyard was running at a loss and was facing certain destruction! Kym was loath to hear this and approached his brother in law, now business partner, to see if they could scratch together enough cash to keep these gnarled old vines in the ground. In that first year they raised enough capital for only about a quarter of the fruit from that vineyard, but this was enough for the Riebke brothers to stall their plans for these precious old vines.
They were aware of a few other old blocks that fruit could be sourced from, if required, and made the first release with 165 cases of 2002 Joshua. In addition to this about 8 hogsheads of Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz was put aside, destined to be released around 24 months later as Avatar.
Teusner's philosophy is to produce only exceptional, affordable wines by being very selective about the fruit that they source from old, well maintained vineyards. These vineyards reliably produce balanced, complex fruit which they guide, with minimal inputs, into wine. The fruit sources are predominantly family and close friends, which allows the team at Teusner selectivity in which fruit they vinify. Teusner wines philosophy is to produce only exceptional, affordable wines by being very selective about the fruit that they source from old, well maintained vineyards.
Teusner make a range of top class Barossa red wines including their Bilmore Shiraz, Wark Family Shiraz, Albert Shiraz, and Grenache Shiraz Mataro blends under their Avatar and Joshua labels.
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