Often referred to as the big brother to our un-oaked Joshua GMS, the 2011 Avatar release has a little more Shiraz in the blend than other recent vintages and we consider it our stand out wine of the vintage. Grenache still dominates the blend with spice and red-fruited lift and Mataro adds earthiness and some resounding bass notes.
The Avatar sees 16 to 18 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.
Medium-bodied with great definition, fruit clarity and a lovely seam of bright acidity, the 2011 Avatar is a wine that we are very pleased with….and we are sure you will be too.
- SA - Barossa
- South Australia
Winery Tasting Notes
The 2011 Avatar shows a generous, expressive bouquet with plum and black cherry aromas with a splash of higher toned cranberry. Underlying the ripe fruit you’ll find hints of Asian spice, dried citrus peel, licorice, gingerbread, milk chocolate, jasmine and notes of well-integrated mocha oak.
Vibrant, well-weighted and spice-laden on the initial entry to the palate, the Avatar shows ripe fruit flavours of plum, blackberry and black cherry with hints of raspberry and cranberry providing lift. There are hints of Asian and baking spice, ginger-cake, chocolate, dried flowers, licorice and judicious, seasoned oak along with a healthy dose of earthy, Mataro goodness. Medium-bodied on the palate the wine wraps up with great balance, bright acidity, supple, ripe tannins and a finish that is both persistent and spicy.
Enjoy the 2011 Teusner Avatar over the next 5-8 years.