Joshua holds a special place at Teusner. It was the first wine Mick and I made, launching Teusner Wines back in 2002. We love the juicy, spicy flavours of the classic Barossa Varietals – Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz – untouched by the influence of Oak. Along the way it (and us) has made many friends.” Kym Teusner.
This was a wonderful year for Barossa reds. The Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz all looked as good as we could remember seeing since we started Teusner. The 70 year old Grenache grown in the sandy soils of the Riebke vineyard in Northern Barossa provides the back bone for this wine. Mataro is sourced from the harder red dirt around Williamstown in the south and Stockwell in the North and the blend is rounded out with about 14% Shiraz from the Koonunga sub district.
Blend : 63% Grenache, 23% Mataro, 14% Shiraz ... There are aromas of ripe, dark plums and nuances of chocolate. The palate is soft and friendly with mouth filling flavour and fine, spicy Mataro tannins. Like all 2012 wines, the aromas and flavours are pure and fresh reflecting the quality of this incredible vintage.
Teusner's Joshua is an un-oaked version of the classic Barossa blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro, with the newly released 2017 vintage being proclaimed as one of their finest yet. Joshua's vibrancy and purity of fruit have won the wine many fans...lifted spice & red-fruits from the Grenache, earth and savoury nuance from the Mataro and a dash of horsepower and palate weight from the Shiraz....pretty much the perfect combination.
For my tastes, these are some of the best wines coming out of the Barossa. This wine, yes, though not specifically this wine, I’m talking about blends from older vineyards that see old (or no) oak, aren’t stuffed around with too much in the winery, and most importantly, are great to drink. So here’s Joshua, a blend of Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz.
Review of the 2016 vintage included below;
"97 Points. 60% grenache, 30% mataro, 10% shiraz, the grenache and mataro warm-fermented, the shiraz fermented cooler. Brilliant clear purple-crimson, exceptional for these varieties - only Teusner can achieve this depth and purity of the red and blue fruits of this blend in the Barossa Valley. It has first class texture and structure, and is so glorious now it's hard to resist wolfing it down, even though it has a great future. All this from only 6 days on skins. Screwcap. 14.5% alc. To 2031. $35" - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2018.