Wines to enjoy in the snow.
Updated: Apr 2
It comes as no surprise that wine buyer Kym Reid of Jack Frost Bar + Restaurant, looked to the Barossa for wine that is robust, bold in flavour and rich in all its layers to complete their winter wine list at Mount Hotham.
And whilst she's not adverse to the popularity of a Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, it was the story of Joshua by Kym Teusner that captured their hearts.
To begin, the story of Teusner wines started in their local pub, much like the growth of friendship between Jack Frost owners Lisa + Sarah.
Two mates overheard a couple of grape growers having a whine about the low prices being paid for their old vine Grenache... to the point they were going to rip out the vines and plant Chardonnay!
Now whilst they were not adverse to the odd glass of Chardonnay, planting it in the Barossa Valley is akin to drinking light beer…just not on!
So it was left to Mick and Kym to hatch a rescue plan. Scrambling together some cash, the grapes found a new home, the vines stayed in the ground where they belong and Teusner Wines was born.
Their first wine, like Mick’s first son, was called Joshua.
The 2018 blend is true to form with Grenache (60%) and Mataro (35%) from 100 year old vines at Ebenezer in the north west with a splash of Shiraz from 20 year old vineyards at Gomersal on the western ridge.
A mix of light and dark fresh ripe berried fruits, cured meats and lifted spice on the nose sets you up for mouthful of savoury and gamey flavour in the mouth.
They keep their Josh’ away from oak and release it young to showcase the kind of juicy, spicy, flavorsome Barossa characters that pair perfectly with slow braised meats such as beef cheek and lamb shoulder in the winter months at Jack Frost.