Teusner ‘Avatar’ Grenache Mataro Shiraz (GMS) 2020Barossa Valley, SA Add to Wishlist
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In 2002, Kym Teusner and Mick Page unleashed their inaugural vintage ‘Joshua’ — a Grenache-Mataro-Shiraz blend with not a speck of oak upon him. It sold like wildfire, inspiring them to create a spinoff aged in seasoned oak for 12 months. This transformation, commemorated in the name ‘Avatar’, pays homage to what the Teusner duo believe to be the best-drinking wines from their Barossa homeland: the holy trinity of Aussie signature Shiraz, the brightly spicy Grenache, and the deeply savoury Mataro. Made with fruit gathered from the twisted boughs of century-old vines baked in the pulse of the Barossan sun, the 2018 Avatar is a masterclass in modern Australian winemaking.
2018 vintage review. Old vine grenache, mataro and shiraz. Firm, bold, fresh and characterful. A terrific release. Plum, redcurrant, campfire and sweet spice. Ribs of velvety tannin. Somehow manages to feel both generous and controlled. Super.
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A supple fusion of luscious brambly blackberry, spicy liquorice, intoxicating bonfire smoke, and velvety turned earth
Head to the Barossa Valley Cheese Company — an area staple since 2003 — for all your wine-pairing necessities, and sample their nineteen handmade offerings in the on-site Cheesecellar.
Drink now or cellar until 2030
With your go-to hard cheese
An award-winning winery with its origins in...beer?
2001 found Kym Teusner and Mick Page tossing back a couple of pints at a local pub, where they overheard grapegrowers discussing the imminent destruction of some then-85-year-old Grenache vines. The duo came to the rescue, and offered them 4 times what they’d been paid by ‘the big guys’ for the crop if they’d keep the vineyard in the ground.
Classic Barossa wines made from vines over 100 years old
Independent, adventurous winemaking
A close-knit community of passionate local growers