Teusner

Wines:

Riebke Shiraz
The Independent Shiraz Mataro
Joshua Grenache Mataro Shiraz
Avatar Grenache Mataro Shiraz
Albert Shiraz
The Gentleman Cabernet Sauvignon
The Dog Strangler Mataro
Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay


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Region: Barossa Valley, SA

Winemaker: Kym Teusner

Website: www.teusner.com.au

Winery:

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

Reviews/Awards:

HALLIDAY TOP 100
2009 THE DOG STRANGLER MATARO
The name is one of 60 or so synonyms for mourvedre, the French "estrangle chien". The great colour introduces a beautiful wine with red & black fruits to the fore on the medium-bodied palate, and none of the harsh tannins often encountered with this variety. Kept the excellent Turkey Flat Mourvedre off the final list. 96 Points.
JAMES HALLIDAY