Teusner Avatar GSM 2019
6 PACK BUY. Classic Barossa GSM. 95 points “Beautifully, fragrant and lifted”
Kym Teusner was crowned king by Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine as Young Winemaker of the Year in 07. He has produced extraordinary wine here!!
“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. Thanks to our good mates the Riebke brothers and other Barossa growers whose families have stuck by these varieties for the past 100 years or more, we’re privileged to have fruit from very old vines to make our GMS blends. 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’.
The blend percentages for Avatar might change each vintage, but the recipe doesn’t vary much…Grenache (about 50%) for spice and bright red fruits, Mataro (30%) for some savoury earthiness and depth….Shiraz (20%) for plump plum and rich black fruit. The time in oak…and the choice of old seasoned oak…ensures it serves only as a seasoning to add complexity and savoury nuance. With vines this old, we want the fruit and earth to speak with the clearest voice.” Kim Teusner
95 points, Aaron Brasher, The Real Review “Beautifully, fragrant and lifted, there’s Provencal herbs, dark cherry, 85% cacao chocolate and a touch of five-spice. Sweet, fleshy and mouth filling, there’s dark charry, plums, a lick of vanilla and a lifted floral element. There is juiciness and richness and a softness and suppleness that envelopes the palate, but it all sits beautifully with bright acidity and just the right amount of tannin to tighten everything up. Really delicious, satisfying and so bloody drinkable.” Ranked #2 of 23 Grenache blends from Barossa Valley.
93 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front “Beautiful wine. Lovely pitch and flow. Raspberries, violets, woodsy spices and boysenberries. A bit of jamminess but in a context of both spice and freshness. Tannin, fine-grained, like mesh. Ticks all the boxes. Grenache blend in an excellent place.”
RRP $35 *SPECIAL 6 PACK BUY … Only $29.99 when you buy 6 of this wine*
Grenache and Blends
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Australia, Barossa Valley