While Teusner are well known for their outstanding red wines of the Barossa Valley, they also take advantage of the neighbouring Eden Valley to deliver some wonderful dry Rieslings.
The 2021 Teusner Empress Riesling is a product of a superb Eden Valley vintage, one that Kym Teusner describes as "one of the finest of recent times". This delivers plenty of flavour with a pristine citrus acid line and a fine talc-like quality.
"Eden Valley riesling that is, according to the back label, “Strong. Sensual. Desirable.” Sensual is not a word used to describe riesling all that often, I don’t think, but then I don’t get out much. Lovely flavour here. Maybe a whisper of sweetness to it, maybe not, no matter either way, the burst of lemon-lime-bath-salt-like flavour is the thing. This leaps from the glass both on the nose and on the palate in the most pleasing of ways. Apple and citrus-rind characters add yet more. It’s an excellent option for this coming summer. 92 Points Tasted: Jul21 12.5% alc. $27 Screwcap Drink: 2021 - 2028+"- 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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