Wednesday, May 4, 2011

2009 Teusner The Riebke Shiraz

The Riebke is Teusners entry-level Shiraz and comes from grapes grown in the Ebenezer sub-region in the northern Barossa. In the last 4 or so years it has been a wine that has been good value for money(and has been a RedtoBrown favourite for several years).

When tasted in late April 2011, the 2009 Riebke was more developed than on previous tastings. The wine still had the spicy blackberry and plum, though there were some stewed fruit, blackberry cordial and fruitcake flavours present that were not as prominent/I didn’t notice in the past.

The Riebke is juicy and accessible and made in a popular (though not a sell-out) style –the tannins are understated and silky/slithery and oak is a silent partner in the business. The finish is sweet, but still relatively restrained – importantly, it does not exhibit cloying sweetness or dried prune/dead fruit characteristics that can sometimes befall Barossa Shiraz from warmer/heatwave vintages.

If I had a criticism I would say it lacked the vibrancy that existed with examples tasted nearer to release and those from previous vintages of the wine.

Overall, the 2009 Riebke Shiraz is a good value proposition for those who like their Shiraz ripe, juicy and accessible, though drink up soon as I fear the stewed, fruitcake flavours might become more prominent.


/ 89pts

ABV: 14.5%
RRP: $18-20

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