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Teusner Avatar Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2004

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[91 pts Wine Spectator] Distinctive and well-defined. Blueberry and plum flavors get all kinds of shadings with hints of game meats pepper and pomegranate that linger beautifully. Grenache Mataro and Shiraz. Drink now through 2014. 1000 cases made.

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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... Read more
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. Our philosophy is to produce only exceptional, affordable wines by being very selective about the fruit that we source from old, well maintained vineyards. These vineyards reliably produce balanced, complex fruit which we guide, with minimal inputs, into wine. Our fruit sources are predominantly family and close friends, which allows us this selectivity in which fruit we vinify Read less

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Snooth User: JHall106
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3.50 5
03/14/2011

A very nice example of a Barossa GMS blend, comparable to the (late 2000s) Penfolds Bin 138. Ripening quince dominates the nose and palate but there is cola to root flavor behind it. Tannins that are finer and more resolved now than in 2007. Could use another 18-24 months of cellaring before being optimal. I had with ziti and meatballs but this would go better with osso bucco or a spicy lamb shank.



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[91 pts Wine Spectator] Distinctive and well-defined. Blueberry and plum flavors get all kinds of shadings with hints of game meats pepper and pomegranate that linger beautifully. Grenache Mataro and Shiraz. Drink now through 2014. 1000 cases made.

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