2020 Teusner Avatar Grenache Shiraz Mataro

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Earthy, chocolatey Barossa Grenache blend that concentrates on rich smooth fruit and not big oak.
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The Avatar blend is the older, bigger sibling to the juicy Joshua red from Teusner, a Grenache Mataro Shiraz blend that sees time in old oak for a year.

The oak is but a bit player though, as this wine is all about the dark savoury black fruits combining to create a beautifully defined and layered Barossa red, made from old vine fruit sourced from Teusner's partner growers.

A tremendous wine for the cellar but it has the poise and integration to be very enjoyable straight off the bat.

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. With vines this old, we want the fruit and earth to speak with the clearest voice.

92 Points - "File this one under the word scrumptious. It's in very good form. Bold, sweet-fruited, forward in its flavours, read to rip. Plum, earth, boysenberry and raspberry flavours team with woodsmoke, custard powder and cream. It's fruit to the fore; oak is texture more than it is flavour, though there are those creamy-vanillin wafts. No doubt this will hold but there's no need to wait; this is ready now." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

95 Points - "Full red colour with a tint of purple, the bouquet shows charry-smoky, cold-ash aromas at first, revealing spiced berries as it aired. The wine is very rich and dense, full-bodied and concentrated with lashings of supple tannins and a long carry augmented by some alcohol warmth. Luscious, full-flavoured and almost opulent." - Huon Hooke (The. Real Review)

95 Points - "Good colour; a blend of grenache, mataro and shiraz matured in used oak. An instantly appealing bouquet with bright polished fruits turns right on the palate with spicy and savoury embellishments that provide flavour balance and very good mouthfeel." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

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    James A.
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    2 years ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    This is why blends are a thing

    Kym Teusner produces excellent single varietals Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro, arguably some of the best in the Barossa... but this blend is the perfect combination of the lot. You get a bit of them all, working together nicely. It's Grenache driven but the shiraz and Mataro smooth it our and provide more solid mouth feel. Silky but solid - you cannot go wrong at this price point.

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