To produce Grenache Matano Shiraz “Joshua” Teusner oak was not used in the vinification to showcase the freshness and vibrancy. Fermentation took place between 22 to 24°C in small, open fermenters and lasting for seven days with twice daily manual pumpovers. Blended straight after the vintage in the tank, followed by naturally occurring malolactic conversion. As soon as it was clarified, Grenache Matano Shiraz “Joshua” Teusner was bottled in order to preserve its freshness. Both Grenache and Mataro have the ability to taste beautiful in youth and as they age, they become more interesting, developing savoury and earthy profiles.
The highlight here is the age of the Grenache vines, which are between 65 to 130 years old and are mostly in bush vine format, on their own rootstocks. The fruit is sourced from several subregions, but Ebeneezer in the northwest of the valley has the oldest vines – the exact age of the vines is not 100% certain, suffice to say that three generations have seen them grow. A splash of Shiraz from 20 year old vineyards at Gomersal on the western ridge, adds complexity to this vibrant blend.
Teusner was established by Kym Teusner and Michael Page in 2001, its philosophy is to produce only exceptional, affordable wines by being very selective about the fruit, which is sourced from old, well maintained vineyards in Barossa. Teusner reliably produce balanced, complex fruit which are guided, with minimal input, into stunning wines. Kym decided to make the Righteous Shiraz because he wanted to showcase his own expression of what he considers the ultimate Barossa Valley Shiraz style…intense, powerful and long-lived.