Teusner Woodside Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Teusner Woodside Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Adelaide Hills, South Australia   |    750ml   |    12%
As a former winemaker at the legendary Torbreck, Kym Teusner is considered one of Australia's most talented winemakers. While best-known for his flavoursome Barossa red wines, Teusner also produces some high quality white wines under his eponymous label.  

The cool-climate, elevated vineyards of the Adelaide Hills is considered home to Australia's best Sauvignon Blanc and this 2017 Teusner Woodside Sauvignon Blanc is another high quality example. This is vibrant, zesty, and juicy, with plenty of tropical fruit flavours, an appealing textural complexity and impressive length of flavour.  

"93 Points. Enlivening style with its passionfruit, lemon and pith flavours plus herbal tones of nettles and pine needles. It has just the right amount of texture with plenty of acid drive to the finish. Price when Tasted: $23.00 Date when Tasted: 01 Jan 2018 Alcohol: 12 % Drink By: 2019 Closure: Screwcap" - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2019.

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Only available for purchase in 6 bottle increments.
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
Adelaide Hills
The Adelaide Hills, with its high altitude and relatively cool climate, is a natural home for Sauvignon Blanc in Australia. This fresh and funky Sauvignon has become a mainstay in the Teusner line-up. Phil Lehmann has brought a bucket-load of white winemaking nous to Teusner and it is blatantly obvious in this wine. Lehmann manages to temper this Sauvignon's intense, heady and vivacious characters with an elegant line of refreshing elderflower fruit and a whistle-clean, powdery close. Some lees action adds to the intrigue and mouth feel. It's a fine Sauvignon that holds the attention while never distracting from its sheer drinkability.

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