(Grenache/Mataro/Shiraz)- Barossa Valley, SA
Budding Barossa superstar Kym Teusner's already displayed a fine touch for making unoaked reds, as is ably demonstrated by his Joshua blend of old-vine grenache, mataro and shiraz. The Joshua typically represents good, simple fun, generous flavour and immediate approachability.
Straight out the bottle, even without decanting, the 2008 Joshua opens to a warm, confectionery lift of sweetly fruited plum jam, raspberry lollies and coconut ice with a more rustic, smoky note of cooked meats adding interest. Bonded by approachable acidity, the vibrant palate presents a more composed, essence-like expression of plum syrup, violets and berry compote, and although it's marginally flat and lacking in firm structure (as should be expected for the style), it finishes adequately long and clean with enduring sweet fruit undertones, making the whole experience very smooth, totally approachable and ready to drink now.
ü Simple yet attractive, sweetly fruited without being over-ripe; the 2008 Joshua is a very modern, charming example of the unoaked style. Drink to 2013.