Region: Barossa Valley, SA
50% Shiraz 50% Mataro
“My blend of Shiraz and Mataro (about 50/50) has won a loyal legion of fans who love its expressive, savoury Barossan goodness. Since we started making it, it’s picked up a bit of silverware at the local wine show and a gong for the “Best Value Red Wine in Australia” in Nick Stock’s Good Wine Guide. Even the testing 2011 vintage wears a bit of gold bling courtesy of the good folk at the Adelaide Wine Show....and the 2012 vintage winged its way around the world on British Airways in business class for a while.
2015 was a cracker vintage for both Shiraz and Mataro...with the latter probably just pipping the former in the best of vintage stakes. Whilst the Shiraz is all about instant satisfaction....plenty of rich, plump ripe dark fruits...the Mataro is meaty and savoury and acts as the perfect foil to the sweeter aspects of Barossa Shiraz.”
In the winery, a lot faith is placed in having a set of human eyes and hands (and sometimes feet) on the job…believing that having a person with a feel for what is and isn’t working will win out over a machine any day. Everything is crushed one small picking bin at a time, which makes for plenty of long days at the peak of vintage. At all times the focus is on keeping close watch to ensure everything – colour, flavour, aroma and structure – is as it should be, whilst taking it easy with the oak to let the righteous flavours found in old Barossa vineyards take center stage in the wines. Winemaking at Teusner Wines is powered by people…so you know that it’s been done right and it’s been done well.
Stepping into the winery, you’re met with an immediate sense that everyone at Teusner Wines gets enormous pleasure from doing what they do, and that they want for nothing more than people to get pleasure when they put their hand in their pocket to buy a bottle of Teusner wine. By sticking to making the kind of wines they like to drink, Kym and Mick have amassed an army of fans and the applause of the commentators. Keeping it simple has paid off!