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The New Barossa
Part 19: Kym Teusner, revisited

Since I last saw Kym a year previously, things had taken off a bit. Heís still managing Rolf Binderís winery (formerly known as Veritas Ė the name had to be changed because of legal reasons) very ably, but production of Kymís own wines has stepped up a good deal, to the extent that heís now crushing 75 tons this vintage. Itís a good job that Rolf has a big facility with plenty of spare space.

When I arrived he was half way through trying to restart a stuck ferment, but a power cut prevented any more pumping, so instead we fished around for barrel samples in the fading twighlight. Kymís pretty athletic and can reach the top of a five-high barrel stack without the need for a ladder. It makes for nervous viewing though.

A new addition to the Teusner range is the charming Riebke Shiraz. One of the growers he worked with came to him with a load of Shiraz fruit that was surplus to requirements with a big company. Kym had a look and decided that it was excellent quality, hence this wine: 1200 cases of to quality, affordable Shiraz from the Ebenezer district of the Barossa. The following notes are all from bottled wines.

Teusner The Riebke Shiraz 2004 Barossa
Lovely sweet open nose of ripe, full dark fruits. The palate shows appealing open fruit: really expressive and pure with lots of character and brilliant fruit quality.  Very good/excellent 90/100

Teusner Joshua 2005 Barossa
Really forward, pretty, intense nose with sweet but well defined blackberry fruit. Pure and almost summer-pudding like. The palate is rich and sweetly fruited with a nice soft texture and a spicy finish. A delicious wine in a forward style. Lots of appeal here. Very good/excellent 91/100

Teusner Avatar 2004 Barossa
Delicious open, spicy fruit on the nose, which is quite sweet and pure. Lovely spicy fruit on the palate with a real lushness of texture. Quite open but with some seriousness, too: thereís good concentration and density. Very good/excellent 92/100

Wines tasted October 2005

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