To anyone that has met Kym Teusner and Mick Page, it would come as no surprise to discover that Teusner Wines was conceived over a few beers at the local pub. Scratching together a bit of cash, the fruit from an old Barossa vineyard found a new home and Teusner Wines came to life. Teusner’s philosophy comes down to two simple words. Righteous Pleasure. Let the righteous flavours found in the old Barossa vineyards take center stage in the wines and bring pleasure to those that put their hand in their pocket to buy them. It’s a simple approach, but one that has gained Teusner an army of fans and had the commentators and critics singing the praises of his wines as modern day benchmarks for the Barossa Valley.
The very first wine, and like Mick’s first son, they called it Joshua. Typically a blend of about 2/3rds old vine Grenache, a chunk of Mataro and a splash of Shiraz, it is kept away from oak and release it young to showcase the kind of juicy, spicy, flavorsome wines you can do so well in the Barossa by blending heritage varieties from old vines.
A 55% grenache, 35% mataro and 10% shiraz blend; no new oak so it's all about the quality of fruit shining through, and how well it has amalgamated into a holistic blend. The jubey brightness of grenache leads at first then it envelopes the savoury, meaty components of mataro and the pepper spice of shiraz, the end result supple and vibrant - it's one of those wines you just keep coming back to for another sip, another glass. Drink to: 2027; Price: $35.00; Date Tasted: Jan 2018; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 96 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
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