2013 Teusner Albert Shiraz
At Cracka Wines, we love to find interesting wine labels from vineyards all over Australia and this sexy, slurpable number from Teusner Wines definitely fits the bill. We believe it’s a wine that demonstrates the Cracka 3-Q rule. It’s quintessentially Barossa Valley, its top-notch quality and it’s reliably quirky too. The quirk in this case comes down to consistently bold wine labels, clever marketing and making wines that are that bit different.
Everything that the Barossa promises is unleashed into your glass with the Albert, it’s elegant, structured, balanced and so darn delicious you’ll just want to savour every last drop.
"Albert Shiraz is named after my Grandfather, Albert Alfred Teusner… a man I admired for his commitment and his persistence. Like previous vintages, Albert Shiraz is made from parcels of fruit sourced from of a couple of our favourite vineyards…. an old block at Ebenezer in the Barossa’s North and another at the Barossa’s South Eastern most extremity at Williamstown.
The old vineyards produce small yields of amazing concentrated fruit flavour, with soft, supple and velvety tannins that set them apart from the younger stuff. Plenty of blackberry, black satsuma plum, black cheery and cassis with great intensity and length. The ‘13 reds all show superb structure and I’m fairly confident in saying this is one of our best Alberts yet."
expert reviews about
2013 Teusner Albert Shiraz
Steps up and delivers the goods. Slashing shiraz. Ripped with blue and black berries and hugged tight by sweet, smoky, cedary oak. Tannin is all class. Nothing about this shiraz disappoints, everything about it impresses.Drink by 2033
Dark chocolate, creamy caramel, spice, blackberry, dark cherry. Full bodied, serious tannin structure, grippy and grainy, savoury oak in support, a seam of Barossa coal – structure looms large over the fruit – with a slightly warm and oak spiced finish of excellent length. Leave it alone for about five years.2020 - 2028+
It lays on the flavour and does so in fine style. It’s inky and opaque with dark chocolate and intense black berried flavour, all inset with asphalt and woody spice. Violet and sweet cream/caramel characters add a more accessible drink-now element, though the tannin is stern and slow moving, like a large ship turning slowly through the tide of fruit. You can drink it now but it will hold and develop over decades. It’s a big, hulking, smash-your-palate style but it’s a mighty fine example of one.2020 - 2030+
Vintage stigma, be damned. Kym Teusner cleverly tweaked the Albert recipe in the cool, wet 2011 season, retaining the core of seventy-year old Ebenezer and fifty-year-old Williamstown shiraz vines and supplementing these with western Barossa fruit and, importantly, the Marananga block usually destined for his Righteous flagship. The result is one of the standout reds of the year, a wine of compact, tight, refined density of black plum skin fruit and gorgeous finesse of finely textured tannins. It retains a violet fragrance, very rare in this vintage. An intricately crafted shiraz of excellent length and polished confidence.2014 - 2019http://tysonstelzer.com/
Full to medium-bodied, ripe and juicy, but possibly showing signs of extended hang time. Dark, jammy aromas of blackberries, plums and cassis backed by musky notes of spice and white pepper are somewhat cloaked by polished vanilla, cedary and dark chocolate oak, it?s sumptuous and juicy with deeply ripened, dark fruit and cocoa flavours underpinned by a fine, mineral and slatey backbone, finishing with pleasing length and funky undertones.2016-2019The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
Meet one of the most distinguished Alberts yet, with a personality of depth and strength, yet lacking nothing in grace and charm. Deep concentration of black cherries, plums, blackberries and mulberries is offset by dark chocolate oak, finishing honed, vibrant and crunchy. Masterfully defined tannins mesh seamlessly with lingering black fruits, drawing the finish out fine, firm and linear.2018 - 2022Wine Taste Edition 65
Deep, smooth and full of character, with an ethereal, musky and floral bouquet whose deep aromas of blackcurrants, blackberries, dark plums and faintly smoky, chocolate/mocha oak are lifted by scents of fragrant cracked pepper, blueberries and blue flowers. Seamless and fine-grained, with great density of spicy fruit and a genuine underlying firmness, it finishes mineral and savoury, with undertones of graphite, menthol and dried herbs, plus a hint of currant.2022-2030The Australian Wine Annual 2013
Bright crimson-purple; the aromatic spice and berry-filled bouquet leads into a medium-bodied palate where finely. detailed dark cherry and plum fruit coalesces seamlessly with fine, ripe tannins and high-quality oak. Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvedre.To 2035Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
An artful effort from a hot vintage Ð stylish, complete and very approachable. Dark, rather meaty aromas of plums, cassis, plain chocolate and raisins precede a juicy, generous and supple palate of wild, briary fruit supported by velvet tannins and backed by sweet, chocolatey and fine-grained savoury oak. It edges towards, but doesn't enter overripe territory, finishing with genuine length, freshness and a hint of meatiness. Not for the long term.The Australian Wine Annual
The Albert shiraz is a hearty Barossa style, with ripe blackberry, savoury cedar and malt-scented oak, and a spicy thread of leather and earth. The palate is entrancingly concentrated and ripe: plush velveteen tannins carry red-berry and black-fruit flavours long and smooth, and mocha and toasty oak builds through the back; ripe and soft resolve.2016The Good Wine Guide
Strong, deep crimson-purple; rich and profound dark berry aromas of the bouquet are a template for the palate, with its plum, dark chocolate and cedar flavours, the tannins round, soft and integrated. While easy to drink now, will thrive for several decades. Shiraz.To 2030Australian Wine Companion 2013
Dark chocolate and savoury smoked meat nuances sit pleasantly atop rich black fruit; the palate follows the theme with impressive concentration, turned earth, tar, blackberry and chewy tannins in abundance; rich and ripe, but not overdone, the finish is long, fleshy and harmonious. Shiraz.Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
A dense, plush sofa of Barossa goodness! The 08 vintage has brought more inky, pruney richness than ever, held in place by dark choc oak and firm, textural tannins.WINE 100 Magazine - 2011 2011
Great colour; an abundance of sweet ripe black fruit, with the oak playing a supporting role on the bouquet; the palate reveals a layered, subde, complex and powerful array of flavours and texture; there is plenty of fine tannin, and all of the elements indicate a long and fruitful existence. Shiraz.Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
There was a bit of fuss over this, because we disagree on it. Walsh loved it, but Mattinson thought it would be excellent were it not marred by so much eucalypt-like flavor. Mattinson then opened another bottle and revised upwards score one to Walsh. A magnificent examples of profound black-fruited power combined with intense tannin structure. It tastes of melted chocolate, tar, brazil nuts, black fruits, smoke and eucalypt _ its grown _up, adult wine. The alcohol is balanced, and theres a thick, toasty, chocolatey aftertaste. OK, big thumbs up.The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
Fruit flavours in the black spectrum, with licorice and hints of dark chocolate; has hallmark silky mouthfeel, together with line and length; controlled alcohol a blessing.Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
A rich tapestry of black and red fruits, with colourful splashes of licorice and chocolate; very good length and balance. ShirazAustralian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Medium-bodied; gently sweet blackberry, cherry and raspberry fruit; silky, soft tannins and mouthfeel; exemplary oak handling, restrained alcohol.Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005