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2016 Teusner Joshua Grenache Mataro Shiraz
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+
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
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
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 - 2017http://tysonstelzer.com/
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.2014-2017The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
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.NowGood Wine Guide
To 2020Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
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 2030Australian Wine Companion 2013
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.2011-2014Wine Taste Special Edition 40
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
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.
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
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
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/ShirazAustralian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Light- to medium-bodied, but no confection sweetness, simply restraint and tannin balance on the dry, lingering finish. Grenache/Mataro/ShirazAustralian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Light- to medium-bodied; lovely fresh, lively, juicy fruits; excellent line and length; ready to roll right now.Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
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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