Tuesner ‘Avatar’ Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2016

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The Wine Front – The up-front appeal is simple and fun but when it gets to the finish it spreads and runs in the most wonderful fashion. The fruit here is high quality to say the least. It tastes of concentrated raspberry and woodsmoke, earth and anise, the finish then gently herbal and spicy in the most positive and sweet-scented of ways. The aromatics, the flavours, the mouthfeel and the finish; it impresses from all angles.

About This Wine

Well named; the Barossa Valley origin of its grenache mataro shiraz blend would not be easy to differentiate from top end McLaren Vale examples. Spiced plum, blackberry, and a contrasting nuance of savoury/earthy notes from the mataro providing backbone, all come together perfectly.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Grenache Mataro Shiraz/Syrah
Country Australia
Region Barossa Valley
Brand Teusner Wines
Vintage 2016

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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