Albert is usually composed of just two small old blocks of Shiraz; one from the warm, dry North-West end of the Barossa, a 70-odd year old block in the parish of Ebenezer, and the other a cooler 50 year old block from the South-Eastern hills of the Valley near Williamstown. For 2010, the roles of these two blocks were nearly reversed. The Williamstown block dodged the rains before vintage, and formed Albert’s strong, dark core. Ebenezer, by contrast, was ‘wet as a shag’ over summer and this block (unusually) contributed elegance, fragrance and spice rather than the muscle. A third, notable parcel was also included from the Western heart of the Barossa. Our prized parcel of Marananga shiraz, the “Righteous” block, has also found its way here. As fabulous as this parcel was, we made the difficult decision to declassify it from its icon status, offering some beautiful pedigree to this terrific 2010 Teusner Albert Shiraz.