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Albert 21/ Avatar 22 mixed six

James Halliday is the great man of Australian wine reviews – no doubt about that. The publication of his Top 100 wines for the year is a much awaited day. We’ve had our fair share of the action over the years, each listing a badge we’ve worn with pride.

But last year we achieved a new high. Not only did our 2021 Albert Shiraz secure a spot on the list of the great man’s top 100 wines in 2023 – great news in itself. But it rated an extraordinary 99 points, equal to that very well known Shiraz wine from the Henschke family – Hill of Grace!

Points are one thing, but the accompanying words are very special to me:

“Barossa Valley shiraz doesn’t come much better than this. The vintage was perfect, but few nailed the opportunity as well as winemaker Kym Teusner…”

‘Albert’ was named after my grandfather, a man I admired for his commitment and persistence. Sourced from two stunning old vineyards at Ebenezer and Koonunga in the north western corner of the Barossa Valley, the superb 2021 vintage has produced a wine of great flavour intensity, framed by soft and supple tannin.

As good as that news was, Albert wasn’t the only Teusner wine to garner a great review from the scribes in recent times. Read on……..

Just as I’d thought all my chickens had come home to roost in 2021, the 2022 vintage followed on in equally fine form (maybe better?) producing many sterling wines. The craft and skill of blending goes next level when you’re delivered vintage conditions like 2022…and Avatar is a stand out example. The team at the Real Review, have rated the past four vintages of this wine 95 points or better (they rarely go much higher), crowning the 2022 vintage at a ‘career high’ 96 points. Again, the words make for a great read…especially so if you made the wine!

“Dark spices, crushed gravel and meaty hints are all melded into seamless package that flows incredibly long, thanks to powerful, yet finest of grain tannins that carry on for almost an eternity.” 96 points, Stuart Knox



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