Teusner Woodside Sauvignon Blanc 2016 ~ Adelaide Hills, South Australia
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92/100 James Halliday (2015 vintage)
92/100 The Wine Front (2015 vintage)
93/100 James Halliday (2014 vintage)
Kym Teusner, Winemaker "I reckon this wine has got it all for Sauvignon Blanc lovers…plenty of tropical fruit on the nose and heaps of mouthwatering, energetic acidity to freshen up a plate full of ripping fresh tropical fruits on the palate. But how do we stand out from the pack you ask? What’s the ‘Teusner Twist’ on this classic? Well, there’s a splash (just 3%) of old vine Barossa Semillon for a start, to spruce up the nose with a touch of lemon flower. And then we like to have the juice hang around on skins a bit before pressing to extract a little more flavour. There’s also leaving the fermented juice on lees until we bottle it up to bring a little texture to the final result. A little bit of extra work at the winery pays off in the end…a cracking Sauvignon Blanc that brings us a heap of pleasure!" "
The Barossa is an amazing place…produces brilliant Shiraz, Mataro, Grenache, Riesling….there are few places like it on earth that can tick the box marked ‘outstanding’ on so many different grape varieties. But awesome Sauvignon Blanc is just one of those things that alludes us (nobody’s perfect)…too warm in February, right at the moment when the ripening grapes need some cool time. So I head to them hills to the South…the higher and cooler Adelaide Hills….eminently better for Sauvignon Blanc, in fact in my view the best place in Australia to grow the stuff!"
Teusner were formed in 2001 following a chance encounter in a South Australia pub - founders Kym Teusner and Mick Page overhead a couple of local winemakers contemplating tearing up their 85 year old Grenache vines. Kym and Mick stepped up to the plate and made them an offer they could not refuse.
Most of their wines are from the Barossa Valley, world famous for it's Grenache and Shiraz - but not it's Sauvignon Blanc. Teusner have sourced the grapes for this wine from Woodside in the Adelaide Hills, the home of Australia's best Sauvignon Blanc.