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Teusner Wines came into existence in order to save an old vineyard owned by the Riebke Brothers that contained some ancient gnarly Grenache vines (amongst the oldest in the world) from being destroyed because of low prices being paid by wine corporations for Grenache.

Former Torbreck winemaker Kym Teusner and his brother-in-law launched the venture in 2001 and saved the vines. They also have some other ancient Grenache and Mataro vineyards lined up as demand expands. The wine-making involves no filtering or fining and rstrained oak use to let the fruit from the old vines express itself.

The Shiraz and Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz blends have been joined by the rather interesting savoury Salsa Rose.

The super-premiums are the Astral Series which includes very old vine Shiraz and Mataro.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Teusner Albert Shiraz 2013

Purchased: Not ($65)

Drink: 2028

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2016, from old vines at Ebenezer and Williamstown, fragrant and concentrated blackberry essence, blueberry and dark plums with iodine, liquorice and mint notes, medium-full bodied with an ironstone mineral streak, creamy roast coffee oak and firm grainy tannins (****1/2)  

Teusner Righteous Grenache 2009

Purchased: Not ($140)

Drink: 2020+

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2014, from 80 year old vines in the Greenock sub-region, perfumed redcurrant and plums in a silky, medium bodied format, rose petals, white pepper and chamomile aspects, tightly wound core of fruit with some ironstone and gaminess unfolding, fine and slinky tannins (****1/2)

Teusner Righteous Mataro 2009

Purchased: Not ($140)

Drink: 2026+

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2014, from 80 year old vines, supple but concentrated blackberry and blood plum with iodine, liquorice and peppery spices, deep set with dusty, extractive tannins and rich bitter-chocolate/coffee oak, acid and tannin balance to last ages (****1/2)

Teusner Righteous FG Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($150)

Drink: 2023

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, powerful, tarry and concentrated wine showing inky colour, layers of ripe blackberry and dark plum with pepper, mint and liquorice notes, firm and rather oaky with plenty of new oak bringing vanilla/caramel/clove aspects, sheets of drying tannin, some warmth from the 15% alcohol, very much in the now old school muscular Parker style that polarises consumers (****)

Teusner Joshua Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2013

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: May 2014, fresh unoaked blend of 63% Grenache, 23% Mataro and 14% Shiraz, fleshy and spicy black cherry, blueberry and plums with bright violet and rose petal florals, medium bodied graphite and ironstone minerals, the fine dusty tannins provide some finishing crunch (****)

Teusner Avatar Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2011

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: May 2014, blend of 49% Grenache, 30% Shiraz and 21% Mataro, silky, medium bodied and fleshy cranberry, blueberry and dark plums with peppery/musky spices, liquorice and lavender, plenty of red earth minerality, fine chalky tannins and toasty mocha/vanilla/cinnamon oak, bright acidity, good effort from a difficult cold vintage (****)

Teusner Riebeke Northern Barossa Shiraz 2013

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: May 2014, silky and ripe core plum cake, blackcurrant and raspberry essence with pepper, eucalypt and liquorice notes, medium-full bodied but not particularly deep set, toasty dark chocolate/cinnamon/cedar from the French and US oak treatments (***1/2)

Teusner The Independent Shiraz Mataro 2012

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: May 2014, early drinking 70; 30 blend, smooth blackberry jube and cherry with liquorice and violet notes, medium bodied with Mataro earthiness coming through on the back palate, fresh citrussy acidity, ample mocha-chocolate oak and open knit fine tannins (***1/2)

Teusner Salsa Rose 2011

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: May 2012, dry, barrel fermented and spicy style derived from 60% Grenache, 35% Mataro and 5% Shiraz, light-medium bodied redcurrant and morello cherry with white pepper and dried thyme notes, some leesy creaminess, lingering savoury finish with a light phenolic grip (****)

Teusner Joshua Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2011

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: May 2012, juicy unoaked blend of 65% Grenache, 25% Mataro and 10% Shiraz, breezy and spicy raspberry, mulberry and plum with musk, liquorice and Asian spices, some earthy undertones with a savoury mineral finish and a cross-cut of chalky Shiraz tannins, the very mild 2011 vintage suits this lighter, fresh style (****)

Teusner Astral Series FG Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($130)

Drink: 2025+

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, from 130 year old vines that have sometimes been used in the Penfolds Grange, velvety but intense and tarry core of blackberry and blueberry, reflects the good vintage with no dead fruit character, liquorice, bay leaf and dried herb complexity, underpinned with ironstone minerality, roast coffee-bitter chocolate finish with chewy but supple tannins, impeccable length and balance with a long cellaring life (*****)

Teusner Albert Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($48)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, sourced from 45-90 year old vines in Gomersal and Ebenezer sub-regions, tarry blackberry and blueberry with liquorice, dried herb notes, iodine and mint notes, a good streak of ironstone minerality, medium-full bodied with a creamy roast coffee-dark chocolate finish, mouth-filling but finely powdered tannins (****1/2)

Teusner Avatar Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, spicy blend of 36% Grenache, 33% Mataro and 31% Shiraz, more restrained and focussed than the Joshua with the earthy Mataro having a greater role, sour cherry, blueberry and dark plum with liquorice, black pepper and warm brown spices, infused with graphite minerality and fine, savoury tannins, excellent length (****1/2)

Teusner Joshua Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, blend of 65% Greanche, 25% Mataro and 10% Shiraz, appealing and approachable spicy raspberry, mulberry and plum with violet, musk, liquorice and Asian spices, much more juicy and bright than the Avatar but has some mineral complexity and a savoury mineral finish, just seems to hollow out a bit on the back end reflecting the high proportion of Grenache in the blend (***1/2)

Teusner Salsa Rose 2009

Purchased: Not ($16)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, derived from Grenache and Mataro, dry and savoury red fruits, a little fuller than many dry Roses with lightly creamy mid-palate, bright acidity on the minerally finish (***1/2)

Teusner Avatar Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Dan Murphys, Melb CBD ($32)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: June 2010, 60% Grenache, 30% Mataro, 10% Shiraz, beautifully poised and well defined spicy core of blackberry, blueberry and raspberry with liquorice, iodine and complex range of black and brown spices, earthy and medium-full bodied with some graphite minerality, impeccable length with well judged oak and a lingering backbone of dusty tannins (****1/2)

Teusner Astral Series Moppa Mataro 2006

Purchased: Not ($98)

Drink: 2020+

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, from a 65 year old vineyard of mixed Mataro (Mourvedre) and Grencache vines at Moppa Springs in the north-west Barossa, incredibly dense, extractive and muscular showing black cherry and blackberry with kirsch, liquorice, eucalypt and exotic black and brown spice notes, rich streak of ironstone minerality with a savoury meat finish and the sweet oak staying in the background as it should with fruit this good, rather chewy and grainy tannins, needs another decade in the bottle but is a dam-busting stand alone example of this variety (*****)

Teusner Albert Shiraz 2007

Purchased: Not ($48)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, from 50-90 year old unirrigated vines in Ebenezer and Gomersal, a bit broader and ultra-ripe than usual as expected from non-irrigated vines from this hot vintage, rich and tarry blackberry, raisened currant and black cherry with some raspberry sweetness on the entry, medium-full bodied, complex spices showing clove, pepper and toasted asian spices with a streak of iodine minerality, plenty of roast coffee and dark chocolate, fine chassis of dusty tannins, not the greatest vintage for fruit definition but there is enough complexity to keep most punters happy (****)

Teusner Riebke Northern Barossa Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, ripe and a bit broad showing dark plum, blackberry and mulberry with fruitcake, flat cola, eucalypt and liquorice nuances, medium-full bodied, modestly spicy with some earthy minerality and fairly restrained sweet French and US oak (***1/2)

Teusner Albert Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: May 2009, deep set and silky blackberry and dark plum with liquorice, dried herb and iodine notes, from 45-90 year old vines, tarry but medium-full bodied, 24 months in Radoux French oak brings creamy milk chocolate aspects to the finish, fine and supple tannins (****)

Teusner Riebke Ebenezer Road Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Prince of Wales, South Melbourne ($20)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: April 2008, lush and ripe blackcurrant, plum and mulberry with liquorice notes, smooth, mouth filling and generous with attractive spicy black pepper and cinnamon notes, balanced cedar-coffee-chocolate oak, return to form compared to the hot 2005 vintage (****)

Teusner Salsa 2007

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($19)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2008, Rose derived from Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz, bright orange colour, quite dry and herbally with cherry and a bit of blackberry blush with orange rind acidity, there is a bit of musc and mint in there as well, relatively full bodied and complex for a Rose, crisp finish (****)

Teusner Riebke Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2006, ripe red and black fruits backed up with vanilla and liquorice features, smooth drink now style with a touch of varietal pepper later on (***)

Teusner Joshua Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2006, unoaked blend of 65% Grenache, 25% Mataro and 10% Shiraz, fantastic balance and line for an unoaked red, fresh raspberry and red cherry up front leads to an earthy savoury blackcurrant mid-palate and an aniseedy-vanilla finish that comes across like smooth oak anyway, light-medium bodied, hot finish, brave approach to wine-making but the fruit is that good, no wonder they wanted to save these ancient vines from the bulldozers (****)

Teusner Avatar Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2006, similar blend to the Joshua but with oak, fresh red cherry and raspberry up front, mid-palate shows blackberry and nutmeg before sliding into a smooth liquorice finish, smooth tannins, light-medium bodied, hot finish, smooth tannins (****)