95 Points - James Halliday
Winemaker Kym Teusner is one of the Barossa’s most talented young winemakers, but with a twist. While many of his generation are making massively rich and ripe reds - often at very high prices; Teusner has aimed to balance the natural power of old vine Barossa material with careful, reductive winemaking that produces wines of wonderful elegance and complexity.
The 2018 Teusner Bilmore Shiraz is another super example of the Teusner style; soft, flavoursome and mouth filling with an enormous level of 'drinkability', this is a sensational drinking Barossa Shiraz from Teusner.
"95 Points. The flavours pop up like the plastic clowns at the Easter Show, either to be shot or stunned and lie flat at the end of the moving belt. There is a persistent tune with spicy/savoury/preserve flavours that works very well for me, even if left field. $25. 14.5% alc. Drink by: 2035. Screwcap"- James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au.
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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