Teusner MC Sparkling Shiraz 2010 ~ Barossa Valley, Australia
94/100 Tyson Stelzer
94/100 James Halliday
93/100 Jeremy Pringle
90/100 The Wine Front
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion Five Star Winery
James Halliday - "...it is a gloriously high-toned shiraz, its spice and licorice flavours highlighted by the secondary fermentation, resulting in elegance and intensity.”
Tyson Stelzer - “Sparkling Shiraz is a tricky balancing act between succulent fruit, subtle sweetness, understated oak, lush tannins and lively acidity, and Kym Teusner has nailed it here, Vibrant blueberries meet liquorice and dark chocolate.”
Jeremy Pringle - “Remarkably fresh fruited but it’s not all about primary, juicy character. Drinking chocolate, new leather, spiced orange peel, licorice and nuts accompany the cherry-berry fruits and plums. Depth of savoury flavour with plenty of drying, silty tannin. No cloying dosage. Oak is situated adroitly within the overall package. Persistent, delicious, clean and moreish.”
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.
The Barossa Valley is an important wine-producing region within the Barossa zone of South Australia. A prestigious and internationally renowned region, it is not only home to some of the oldest vineyards and wineries in Australia but produces some of its most recognizable and sought-after brands. The region takes its name from the 'Barossa' ranges and the 'Valley' created by the North Para river, which connects the main towns of Nuriootpa, Tanunda and Lyndoch. The region is famous for the quality of its Shiraz.
Sparkling red wines are a great Australian tradition. The Shiraz is bottled fermented in the traditional method on "lees" for just on 48 months. The wine is then disgorged and a small amount of "liqueur" (sweetener) is added.