Teusner `Avatar` Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2012 (6 x 750mL), Barossa, SA.

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$179.94 per pack
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Often referred to as the big brother to our un-oaked Joshua GMS, the 2012 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 approximately 12 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 2012 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 2012 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 2012 Teusner Avatar over the next 5-8 years.

SA - Barossa
Grape Style
Grenache Blends
Closure Type
Screwcap closure

Winery Profile

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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! 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.

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