Whilst Shiraz might be the poster boy for the Barossa, Teusner believe blending it with Grenache and Mataro produces the best drinking wines from the region.
Thanks to their good mates the Riebke brothers and other Barossa growers whose families have stuck by these varieties for the past 100 years or more, they have access to fruit from very old vines to make GMS blends. In 2002, the first vintage, they made one wine…an unoaked GMS blend called Joshua. With that wine selling out quickly, they decided to have a crack at releasing a second wine from the vintage, a different take on the original blend and aged in old seasoned oak for 12 months. Loosely interpreted, Avatar can mean ‘transformation’.
The blend percentages for Avatar might change each vintage, but the recipe doesn’t vary much…Grenache (about 50% in 2019) for spice and bright red fruits, Mataro (30%) for some savoury earthiness and depth….Shiraz (20%) for plump plum and rich black fruit. The time in oak…and the choice of old seasoned oak…ensures it serves only as a seasoning to add complexity and savoury nuance. With vines this old, we want the fruit and earth to speak with the clearest voice.