Teusner The Riebke Shiraz 2015
The Riebke Shiraz from Teusner wines is a wine that is all about the fruit. This lovely Shiraz has no oak ageing at all so the purity of fruit really shones through and makes this Shiraz such a wonderful red wine.
Set up by Kym Teusner and Michael Page in 2001, Teusner's philosophy is to produce only exceptional, affordable wines by being very selective about the fruit that is sourced from old, well maintained vineyards. These vineyards reliably produce balanced, complex fruit which are guided, with minimal inputs, into wine. “Teusner was started by doing what we love, we never mapped it out to be so big. We started small and rode the wave and this is where we've ended. These are wines that we love to drink' explains Winemaker Kym Teusner.
The grapes come predominantly from Ebenezer, northern Barossa, with a small quantity from Marananga in western Barossa. Northern Barossa is known for its red fruit spectrum, with its cooler climate and heavier red soil that give a gentle flavour. Riebke is elevated at 200 metres above sea level, compared to the Barossa floor which is at approximately 80 metres altitude. 30% Riebke, these vineyards are selected for bright red fruit flavours and restrained characters. The vines are between 20 to 30 years of age and are cropped at three tonnes per acre.
The grapes were open fermented, with a lot of oxygen from two daily manual pumpovers. The yeasts carefully monitored and the wine remained on its skins for five days. No pre or post-maceration took place, however oxygen was incorporated to soften the wines. A stainless steel fermentation lasted for five days, then it was pressed through both a basket press and a pneumatic slotted screen press, providing more oxygen. The wine was then finished off in tank or barrel depending on the parcel. The oak used was all old oak barrels of between three to 15 years old, for a period of 12 months. The wine was finaly racked off and bottled, without fining or filtration.
With no new oak this wine is all about old vine fruit from the Northern Barossa that have incredible purity and freshness combined with length and enveloping tannins.
A great accompaniment to pâté and terrines, or delicious with a posh ploughman's lunch.
Grape - Shiraz 100%
Country - Australia.
Region - South Australia
Body Value: N/A (A is light, E is full bodied).
Residual Sugar: 2.4.
Contains Sulphites: Yes.