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“The wonderful world of wine gives us around 60 or more synonyms for one of our favourite varieties, Mataro, well-known ones such as Mourvedre and Monastrell, lesser known ones such as Balzac and Exparte. We love the mutts at Teusner (dogs can sometimes out number humans!)… it’s somewhat ironic that we chose this particular name for Mataro.” Kym Teusner
“While it’s a proverbial name, it won’t enhance the wine’s prospects with canine lovers – which is a pity, for this is a very attractive mataro that has counterintuitively flourished in the cool vintage. The colour is bright and deep, the palate flush with spicy/plummy fruits, the tannins soft.” 95 points, James Halliday
Unsurprisingly for Kym Teusner and Mick Page, beer played a major role in their decision to start Teusner Wines in 2001. After a few cold ones they overheard a couple of grape growers contemplating removal of their 85 year old Grenache vines, Kym and Mick stepped up to the plate and offered them 4 times what they’d been paid by ‘the big guys’ for the crop if they’d keep the vineyard in the ground.
The offer was accepted, the vines stayed in the ground, Teusner Wines came to life with a singular mission – to make the kind of wines they liked to drink!
Barossa Valley, South Australia
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