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2016 Teusner Joshua Grenache Mataro Shiraz

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A largely un-oaked blend of Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz, this is a light to medium bodied red that shows rather pretty red fruit characters in abundance. An easy red made for early drinking and with a big emphasis on fun. Easy.

Winemaker's Notes

“For anyone who has ever met my business partner Mick Page and I, it would come as no surprise to learn that the idea for Teusner Wines was conceived at the pub over a few beers. Sitting at the bar, we’d been listening to a couple of old growers have a whine about the low, low prices being paid for their old vine Grenache… to the point they were going to rip out the vines and plant Chardonnay!

Now whilst we’re not adverse to the odd glass of Chardonnay, planting it in the Barossa Valley is akin to drinking light beer… just not on! So it was left to Mick and I to hatch a rescue plan. Scrambling together some cash, the grapes found a new home, the vines stayed in the ground where they belong and Teusner Wines was born.

That first wine, like Mick’s first son, was called Joshua. The 2016 blend is true to form with Grenache (60%) and Mataro (35%) from 100 year old vines at Ebenezer in the north west with a splash of Shiraz from 20 year old vineyards at Gomersal on the western ridge. A mix of light and dark fresh ripe berried fruits, cured meats and lifted spice on the nose sets you up for mouthful of savoury and gamey flavour in the mouth. We keep our Josh’ away from oak and release it young to showcase the kind of juicy, spicy, flavoursome Barossa reds that we like to knock back over lunch with a plate of the good gear from the local butcher in Nuriootpa.”

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2016 Teusner Joshua Grenache Mataro Shiraz

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Campbell Mattinson (2016 Vintage) says

We’ve been saying on The Winefront for some time now – years even – that the best wines out of the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale often aren’t Shiraz, or at least include major components of other varieties. We’ve been saying it because it’s true. This blend of Grenache (60%), Mataro (30%) and Shiraz (10%) is yet another example of the beautiful reds coming from these regions – with Shiraz as only a bit player. Teusner Joshua spends no time in oak.

Effortless drinking and effortless complexity. It’s something of a holy grail. It’s reductive, smoky, spicy, a bit meaty, earthen, and generally savoury to its neck. It’s also though ripped with anise and raspberry and assorted berries and florals, all which keeps the juices well and truly flowing. Delicious. Totally.

2017 - 2022+
James Halliday (2015 Vintage) says
60% grenache (100yo), 35% mataro (70yo), 5% shiraz (20yo), crushed/destemmed, open-fermented with cultured yeast, 5 days on skins, blended, matured in stainless steel. (An echo of traditional southern Rhone wines made and matured in concrete tanks.) A totally delicious array of fresh red fruits: plum, cherry, raspberry and strawberry. Drink now, or soonish.
Drink by 2020
Gary Walsh (2015 Vintage) says
Forest berries, coal and steaks, some spice and aniseed, subtle floral perfume. Medium bodied, fresh and perky, with dark berries, spice, clean acidity and light fine grained tannin. Red berries and spice on the finish, which closes almost ‘minerally’. Takes a little while to come up in the glass, but given time, reveals its juicy nutty charms to full effect.
2017 - 2024
Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
Joshua was the wine that started the Teusner revolution in 2002, and a decade on heÕs released one of the greatest editions yet. With a core of seventy-year-old grenache from the Riebke vineyard in northern Barossa, spiced up with almost one-quarter Williamstown and Stockwell mataro and a touch of Koonunga shiraz, Joshua sees no oak whatsoever. This makes for an epiphany of pristine fruit, without a hint of interruption from oak or anything else. ItÕs gorgeously fragrant with violet perfume and impeccable strawberry, raspberry, cherry and plum fruits. Finely textured fruit tannins carry a lingering, spicy finish.
2013 - 2017
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Laced with peppery, violet-like aromas of blackberries, blueberries, briar and dark chocolate, this long and pristine blend has a seamless and translucently bright palate of piercing berry, plum and cherry flavours supported by fine, crunchy tannins and wrapped in a bright, refreshing acidity. Exemplary.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
The 2011 Joshua blend is a peppery edition of this approachable wine, showing the fragrant and delicate cooler-vintage character to good effect. The palate delivers a beautiful undercurrent of red fruits amid fresh, lithe structure and juicy tannins, some really compelling characters here.
Good Wine Guide
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Excellent purple-crimson colour; a blend of grenache, mataro and shiraz from ancient vines. It is a Barossa blend that seldom rings my bell, but this one certainly does. Not only is it packed with vibrant fruit; it also has the structure to age for 20 or more years.
To 2030
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
This is the best season for Joshua in years. Teusner's signature, unoaked GMS is loaded with all kinds of juicy red fruits and lifted violet perfume. It's a plush, spice-filled and expressive wine with finely poised tannins giving definition to a vibrant, sour cherry finish.
Wine Taste Special Edition 40
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Super bright and vibrant, with crunchy, clearly defined blackberry fruit framed by attractive mocha notes; the palate is fruitful on entry, and then moves to great depths of minerals and licorice; long, satisfying and eminently slurpable, no need to wait for this wine to come around. Grenache/Shiraz/Mataro.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
As spicy and fruit-accented as ever, this is a compote of spicy black berries, greengage plum, crunchy red currants and rhubarb. Finely structured fruit tannins are well balanced and give definition and control, aided by refreshing acid balance. This makes this a versatile wine with all manner of cuisines. It's drinking well now and will age for the medium-term.
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
One of the highlights of a year of tasting, this is a world class example of how these three varieties can present a vibrant, deeply scented and alluring wine without oak or even much time in the bottle. Laced with musky spices, cherries and cassis, mulberries and blueberries, its rose garden bouquet reveals enticing undertones of charcuterie meats, cloves and licorice. Underpinned by fine, crunchy tannins, it's long, fresh and brightly lit with pure, juicy flavours that finish with remarkable length, poise and focus.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
A beautiful, traditional blend of Barossa grenache, mataro and shiraz. Smells exciting! Really whets the appetite. Cherry, nuts, chocolate and apricot blossom. Ooh yes. It's then medium weight, sweet and juicy in the mouth, though in no way does it taste confected or overbearing. It's a deliciously fresh and vibrant wine with a delightfully dry, nutty finish.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Good colour; a luscious array of raspberry fruit, wild herbs and spice on the bouquet; the palate is warm and rich, but shows clear definition of dark fruit for structure; long and a little savoury on the finish, with a generous splash of red fruit to conclude. Grenache/Mataro/Shiraz
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Light- to medium-bodied, but no confection sweetness, simply restraint and tannin balance on the dry, lingering finish. Grenache/Mataro/Shiraz
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Light- to medium-bodied; lovely fresh, lively, juicy fruits; excellent line and length; ready to roll right now.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Angus Hughson (2004 Vintage) says
Dark ruby, a little brick on the rim. Aromatic sour cherry fruit, earthy - some quite ripe plump fruit on the palate that lacks a little focus. Nice length.

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