Teusner MC Sparkling Shiraz 2009 ~ Barossa Valley, South Australia
Tyson Stelzer - 95 points
James Halliday - 94 points
Jeremy Pringle - 93 points
Teusner have been rated by Wine Companion as a "5-star winery".
Tyson Stelzer "Kym Teusner [the wine-maker] has nailed it here. Vibrant blueberries meet licorice and dark chocolate."
James Halliday "Clear crimson-purple; while made using traditional method, the wordy back label doesn't disclose either the date of tirage nor that of disgorgement; it is a gloriously high-toned shiraz, its spice and licorice flavours highlighted by the secondary fermentation, resulting in elegance and intensity."
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.