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Utopos 'MSG' Mataro Shiraz Grenache 2019

75cl / 14.5%

“The 2019 blend is comprised of 50% Mataro, 35% Shiraz and 15% Grenache. The bouquet is a colossal, brooding skyscraper which needs coaxing with aeration (I suggest decanting for 6-8 hours).

Sweet spices, blue and blackberry liqueur, asphalt, baked earth, bitter chocolate, liquorice, lavender and a heavenly twists of blood orange on the finish. The palate could not be any different; lithe, agile, elegant and full of freshness – the spine of acidity is a masterstroke and keeps the palate salivating. The fruit is juicy and the flavours open up like a peacock’s tail.

Mineral-laced blueberry compote, floral pastille, lavender, some warmth and depth from black liquorice. Perhaps some sweet cherry on the finish too – white pepper after minutes. The tannins are supple and add the faintest of grip.

This is such a fascinating wine, one which plays a hedonistic bouquet off against a palate which is in the hands of an angel. Drinking now (decant for 6+ hours) and will age gracefully over the coming ten or more years.”

~ Stuart McCloskey, The Vinorium Wine Expert

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Tasting Notes

Colour: Deep red
Aroma: Exuberance on the nose of lush fruit with juicy cherries and blueberries leading the way with a whiff of vanilla and warm earth.
Palate: The palate bursts with juicy berries coupled with a delicious underline of minerality. Utterly delicious, The wine travels across the palate seamlessly and with perfect weight. The structure is impressive and will merit 10+ years of cellaring.
Grape Varieties: 50% Mataro (Mourvèdre), 25% Shiraz, 25% Grenache
Aging: Approximately 40% new French oak (mostly 500-600L puncheons) for around 2 years. Balance being 2nd and 3rd fill French oak.
Awards: 94pts – James Halliday, Wine Companion; 95pts – The Real Review; 93pts – James Suckling; 98pts – The Vinorium UK

History of Utopos

Utopos (pronounced ewe-toe-pos) is a partnership between Kym Teusner of Teusner Wines and an old friend who has a somewhat romantic and unobtainable view of the wine world. Together, they purchased a superb Barossa vineyard; known for producing a small harvest of fruit that has long been desired by other producers for their top-end wines.

The Utopos vineyard is located on Roennfeldt Road, straddling one of the highest points on the boundary between Greenock and Marananga, perched on the Northern end of the Ironstone Ridge that lays claim to “some of the Barossa’s most prized and famous terroir,” says Kym.

Right next door is the source of winemaker Kym Teusner’s own Righteous Shiraz along with Torbreck’s Laird, Two Hands, Greenock Creek and the list goes on. At 315m it sits among the most elevated sites on the ‘valley floor’ and being on the end of the ridge there are three distinct aspects to the block – East planted predominantly to Shiraz, North to Cabernet Sauvignon and West to Grenache and Mataro. “It doesn’t come any sweeter than this” says Kym…

‘Utopos’ is a Greek word derived from ‘Utopia’, meaning a good and perfect place. Kym’s mate dreams of the wine world as idyllic, but in reality it’s hard work. However, both he and Kym believe they have found the perfect place; hence named their vineyard ‘Utopos’.



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