The blend In 2002, our first vintage, we made one wine…an unoaked GMS blend we called Joshua. With that wine selling out quickly, we decided to have a crack at releasing a second wine from the vintage, a different take on the original blend and aged in old seasoned oak for 12 months. Loosely interpreted, Avatar can mean ‘transformation’…so a pretty good moniker for a wine we fondly refer to as the older brother for our Josh’.percentagesforAvatarmightchangeeachvintage,buttherecipedoesn’tvarymuch…Grenache(about50%)forspiceandbrightredfruits,Mataro(30%)forsomesavouryearthinessanddepth….Shiraz(20%)forplumpplumandrichblackfruit.Thetimeinoak…andthechoiceofoldseasonedoak…ensuresitservesonlyasaseasoningtoaddcomplexityandsavourynuance.Withvinesthisold,wewantthefruitandearthtospeakwiththeclearestvoice
The Teusner story begins in 2001 when Kym overheard Steve Riebke (a 5th generation grape grower) and his brother Leon lamenting the fact that their 90 year old Grenache vineyard was due for destruction. A plan was hatched, some money scratched together a vineyard was saved and a winery was born with the first release of Teusner Joshua in 2002.
Today, Teusner still focuses on the ancient vines which make the Barossa so unique. Vineyards up to 130 years of age are sourced from across the Barossa, taking full advantage of the diverse range of terroirs the Barossa has to offer. Since the first vintage in 2002, the philosophy at Teusner has remained the same …..source old vine fruit from some of the Barossa’s finest vineyards, gentle handling in the cellar and judicious old oak use to let the fruit speak of its origins and a finished wine that is expressive, authentic and affordable wines that we want to drink at home with our family and friends…. tenets that will never change.