I first found Kym Teusner and his incredible wines back in 2006. Last week he announced a new business partnership with Spanish-owned grower Terramoll, which should bring his amazing wines to even more people’s attention worldwide. This year two of his wines made the grade for inclusion in my 100 Best Australian Wines Report. My featured 2016 Riebke explodes out of the glass with as much gusto and impact as you could possibly imagine.
Soaked in the shiniest mulberry and plum notes in town and dusted with oodles of Barossa spice, this is a delicious wine and it is already on the front foot despite its youth. The sixth generation Riebke family grows some of the most intensely-flavoured shiraz in the Valley and this wine is named after them.
From a mono-varietal to a stunning threesome, the 2017 Joshua, grenache/mataro/shiraz (£20.51, CorkingWines.co.uk) is a stripped down wine with little oak adornment and this allows the spectacular grenache to show off its Olympic aromatics. Mataro (mourvèdre) brings depth, not least because it comes from 100-year-old vines and shiraz adds spice, but this is a grenache show and it is creamy, rhubarby and cherry-imbued. It is one of the most famous tri-varietal reds in Australia. You can taste these wines and 49 more on my 100 Best Roadshow – next stop Messums Wiltshire art gallery, Tisbury, Wiltshire, on 15 December.
Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year (MatthewJukes.com).