Teusner `Avatar` Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2013 (6 x 750mL), Barossa, SA.

Liquor Act 2007: It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Liquor licence LIQP770010049

RRP $38

$29.99 per Bottle
$179.94 per pack
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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’.

SA - Barossa
South Australia

Expert Reviews

I’ve a bit of a cold, and I’m tired…and still, this wine looks good. Grenache is about 50%, with Mataro 30% and Shiraz bringing up the rear.

Red and black fruits, earth, hard brown spices, some licorice, menthol and new leather – floral too – has plenty going on, even if I’m imaging some of it. Medium bodied, fine grained plush tannin, chocolate and mixed berries, fleshy feel with well settled acidity and, the important bit, heaps good balance and drinking appeal. These blends are what the Barossa does best, and all things considered, also offer the best value. Rating 94 - Drink by 2024, Gary Walsh, winefront.com.au (NOV/2014).

Winery Tasting Notes

Winemaker's Note

Very deep colors and bold and intense flavour profiles with nice structures – without being heavy or intrusive. The elbows have pulled in and the wines have become quite polite with enough flavour to keep even the heaviest Barossa red drinkers happy without being weighty.

I reckon the Barossa Valley wines from 2013 are exciting...and early feedback from our new releases suggests the same...

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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