Teusner ‘Dog Strangler’ Mataro 2018

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The Wine Front – We’ve pretty much liked/loved every release of Teusner’s The Dog Strangler Mataro that we’ve tried. Sheesh. This is seductive. This is good. If you want a guaranteed-to-please Aussie red, look no further. It offers a wealth of dark, berried, suede-like fruit flavour and it does so in the smoothest, most supple fashion. It has spice, it has earth, it has tannin – it has credentials – but mostly it’s a bloom of beautiful mataro fruit flavour. Coffeed/toasty/milky oak, modestly applied, is an excellent finishing touch.

About This Wine

From 70 year old mataro vines; hand-picked, crushed/destemmed, open-fermented with cultured yeast, 5 days on skins, 15 months in oak. Terrific colour; a sumptuous, rich, succulent mix of red and black fruits; fine tannins add more to the package than the oak.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Mataro
Country Australia
Region Barossa Valley
Brand Teusner Wines
Vintage 2018

Barossa Valley Wine

The Barossa Valley wine region has historically and currently still is one of Australia's most prestigious premium wine producing regions. Located just 60km north east of Adelaide city centre, the climate there is very hot and dry which is perfect for the big bold reds the area is famous for.

A straight Shiraz is what Barossa is most well known for, however Rhone blends, such as Shiraz Cabernet are also very popular. While much less prevalent, white wines (Chardonnay, Riesling, Semillon) are planted on the higher altitude hillsides where the ocean breeze cools temperatures down to a level suitable for producing these varieties as well.

Some of Australia's earliest Shiraz plantings can be found here dating as far back as the 1850's. While not always a guarantee of quality, it might be worth seeking out and trying one of the region's "old vine shiraz" if you haven't yet.

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