Teusner Avatar GMS

Teusner Avatar Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2018

Barossa Valley, South Australia   |    750ml   |    14.5%

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 2018 vintage of Teusner Avatar is again in cracking form and offers sensational value at this discounted price.

"96 Points. Old vine grenache, mataro and shiraz. Firm, bold, fresh and characterful. A terrific release. Plum, redcurrant, campfire and sweet spice. Ribs of velvety tannin. Somehow manages to feel both generous and controlled. Super. Price when Tasted $40.00 14.5% alc. Drink By: 2030 Screwcap"- Campbell Mattinson, winecompanion.com.au.

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Winemaker Kym Teusner is one of the Barossa’s young Turks - 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.

His wines are about as close as the Barossa gets to reminding the drinker of the Southern Rhone, and their value for money is quite astounding. Teusner Wines came into being late in 2001 when Kym Teusner, then at Torbreck, witnessed a conversation between his wife’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 the vineyard was running at a loss and facing certain destruction. Kym was loath to hear this and approached his brother-in-law, now business partner, Michael Page, 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 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 from which fruit could be sourced, if required, and made their first release with 165 cases of 2002 Joshua. In addition to this, about eight hogsheads of Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz were put aside, destined to be released around 24 months later as Avatar. From here the selection of wines have expanded significantly.
South Australia
Barossa Valley
In 2002, our first vintage, we made one wine…an unoaked GMS blend we called Joshua. With that wine selling out quickly, we decided to have a crack at releasing a second wine from the vintage, a different take on the original blend and aged in old seasoned oak for 12 months. Loosely interpreted, Avatar can mean ‘transformation’…so a pretty good moniker for a wine we fondly refer to as the older brother for our Josh’. Whilst Shiraz might be the poster boy for the Barossa, we believe blending it with Grenache and Mataro produces the best drinking wines from this region.

The Avatar sees approximately 12 months in seasoned French and American oak…we work on the premise that oak should be a seasoning to add complexity and savoury nuance to a wine and it should never dominate the fruit. With vines that average 90 years of age, we want the fruit and earth to speak with the clearest voice."- Teusner Wines.

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