The Glory of Barossa Grenache
My first true Barossa wine love – old vine Barossa Grenache in all it’s glory! 4 bottles each of 2018 Avatar, 2019 Joshua and 2018 “The G”. Grenache three ways…three very different ways.
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I saw plenty of old vine Barossa Valley Shiraz come through the winery when I started out as a winemaker working for Torbreck, and then for Rolf Binder. Barossa Shiraz was the thing 20 years ago – big wines made from old vines that had the world’s wine writers all ‘big Kev’ (technical term for ‘excited). Dark, dense and immense Barossa Shiraz defined the region, and were racking up 100 point scores all over the place.
But in amongst that sea of black fruited darkness I found something else that would drive me to set up Teusner wines. The opportunity to indulge my first true Barossa wine love, and show the world another side of this magnificent place. That something else was old vine Barossa Grenache.
Grenache has sat quietly alongside its more celebrated neighbour Shiraz since they were planted in the ancient Valley soils sometime in the 1840’s. The best vineyards were preserved, and handed from one generation to the next. And whilst Shiraz shot to fame in the 90’s, Grenache reached a nadir as more and more growers were forced to replace it with more fashionable varieties.
It’s at this point I decide to make a commitment to a grower to pay top dollar for his 80 year old Grenache so I could make some wine – not bad coming from a bloke with hardly a penny to his name! But buy the grapes I did, and make my first wine did I. As also did I bust my ass to sell it all so I could repay the grower (both in coin and in faith) and do it all again the following year. An old Grenache vineyard was saved, and Teusner Wines came to be.
That first wine was Joshua – a GMS blend – followed the next year by a more substantial expression of the blend – Avatar. 15 years later, I released ‘The G’ – 100% Grenache, with a label covered in….well, I’ll leave you to work that out. Rare releases of The Righteous Grenache aside, these three wines represent my Barossa Grenache world view. Three different wines, each shining a light on Grenache in a distinctly different manner.
I’ve bundled up 4 bottles of each into a mixed dozen and priced it at $299 – that saves you around 30%. And being the all round top bloke I am, I’m paying for the delivery to have it dropped at your door anywhere in Australia. Just head to the website, or give me a call at the winery on (08) 8562 4147. If I’m not around, someone will sort you out!
Each dozen contains four bottles of these three wines:
2019 ‘Joshua’ Grenache Mataro Shiraz ($38)
Typically a blend Grenache (68%) and a chunk of Mataro (23%) from 100 year old vines at Ebenezer blended with a splash of Shiraz (9%) from 20 year old vines at Gomersal. 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, flavorsome Barossa reds that we like to knock back over lunch. 92 points, Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front
2018 ‘Avatar’ Grenache Mataro Shiraz (rrp$40)
The blend percentages for Avatar might change each vintage, but the recipe doesn’t vary much…Grenache (about 50%) for spice and bright red fruits, Mataro (30%) for some savoury earthiness and depth….Shiraz (20%) for plump plum and rich black fruit. The time in oak…and the choice of old seasoned oak…ensures it serves only as a seasoning to add complexity and savoury nuance. 96 points, James Halliday
2018 ‘The G’ Barossa Valley Grenache ($30)
Sourced from vineyards located around the perimeter of most of the entire valley! The higher elevation of these locations brings cooler nights, which retains purity of varietal flavours and natural bright acidity. The benefit of sourcing from all over the valley is complexity. We get the bright fresh Asian/North African spices from the deep sands, lifted red summer fruits from the northern red clays, and savoury richness from the southern loams. 93 points, Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front