Another year, another battle, and another bottle of Art of War. Comrades of the ‘Fo, this ‘15 vintage might just go down in vinous history as one of our greatest Barossa Valley victories. Having marched to its own beat since 2011, this powerful shiraz has quickly become a beloved hero.
What is the Collaboration Series?
This range is all about celebrating and collaborating with the folk who get their hands dirty. The brightest and most passionate wine lovers out there - the winemakers. These are the people who are on site, vintage in and vintage out, turning grapes into magic.
And in working with Australia’s most talented winemakers, we are humbled to help see a wine come to life, from seedling to screwcap and everything in between. We’re talking honest and epic vino, from the best in the business. Which in Art of War’s case is Barossa Valley legend, Kym Teusner…
Made by Kym Teusner
Without a trace of hyperbole, we reckon Kym Teusner is one of the great grape whisperers of the Barossa Valley. A legendary vigneron, shiraz fiend and all-round nice guy, we had to pinch ourselves twice (and hard) when he agreed to join us on a vino collab back in 2012.
Then we had to pinch ourselves three times (and harder) when he showed us the parcel of grapes he wanted to work with. We trusted him, he made the wine and we were blown away. With Teusner overseeing the strategy, it was always going to be a top shelf triumph.
With every vintage comes immeasurable maturity, and we reckon we’ve stepped up our war game with this ‘15. The parameters were set and the game was afoot, but our hero went rogue and she came up trumps. And boy, are we happy to be drinking those rewards.
After careful hand-picking, Tuesner let the old vine fruit acquaint itself with its own yeast before guiding it along the tightrope of fermentation. This vintage sees the power and intensity of the Barossa chiselled into a more elegant, subtle style. It’s still very much a Teusner wine (super rich and extremely generous), but there is a smart, gentleness to this shiraz.
Rich and smooth, with a heap of plum and a bucketload of dark cocoa and blackberry. There’s less white pepper than previous vintages, but still holds onto that sturdy backbone of seamless acid and rounding fine oak tannin.
The use of older oak sees the spotlight firmly focussed on the fruit. Blackberry and blueberry feature on a vibrant palate framed by charry oak. It’s intense, rich, vibrant and beautifully structured - it’s almost more art than war.
Art of War transcends blood, sweat and vintage to reach the depth and clarity of hard-won satisfaction. The results speak for themselves.
Victory never tasted so good.
It’s cool, we get it, you want to know absolutely everything about this wine. Well here you go, go nuts.
- Barossa Valley
- Alcohol by Vol.
- Bottle Vol
- Blend Info
- Serving Temp.
'Barossa'. This is Australia's key wine brand overseas, in the US especially. It's our riposte to 'Champagne', 'Scotch' and 'Barolo'. My mind conjures these images, in this order: Shiraz, Penfolds wine, Maggie Beer condiments. All of which can GET - IN - MY - BELLY! But there is so much more to the Barossa than first glance. There are fringe (and not so fringe) winemakers actively working to classify the valley's subregions, and this is a very worthy cause. From Moppa to Seppeltsfield to Marananga there's a lot of variation, and the styles produced can vary immensely. This is the next step in the vision of this region (which, let's face it, is a baby in the scheme of things), as it gets acquainted with its strengths, weaknesses and future opportunities.It's a region that's not sorry to produce the big, fruit-driven wine styles that make it so popular. So drink to the future of the Barossa, because it's as bright as any other region on the world stage.
The rules are there ain’t no rules, but here are some foods we think will work pretty well with this wine...
Hot Game Pie
- For the stock:
- 2 pheasants, about 800g each
- olive or sunflower oil
- sprigs fresh thyme and rosemary
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 200ml red wine
- 1 tbsp tomato purée
- For the filling:
- 1 small celeriac, about 600g, peeled and chopped into large chunks
- 50g butter
- bunch rosemary, thyme and parsley
- 3 venison sausages
- oil, for frying
- 100g pancetta, skinned and cut in small cubes or use bacon lardons
- 125g shallots or baby onions
- 150g mixture cleaned mushrooms (try shiitakes, ceps and chestnuts)
- 200g young parsnips, peeled and cut into 6cm sticks
- 2 tsp clear honey
- To assemble:
- 2 tsp grain mustard
- 250-300g puff pastry, thawed if frozen
- 2 egg yolks
- sprigs of thyme and sea salt, to decorate
- Untie the pheasants and pull out the legs. Using the tip of a very sharp knife, detach the legs where the thigh joins the body. Then slice off the breast fillets from the rib cage as neatly as possible and set aside. Discard the rest of the carcass.
- Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large pan, brown the legs and season. Add the carrot, onion and 2-3 sprigs thyme, rosemary, bay leaves and cook for 5 mins. Pour in the wine, boil to reduce by three-quarters, then mix in the tomato purée. Cook for 1-2 mins, pour in 1.25 litres water and bring to a rapid boil. Skim off any fat and scum that rises to the top.
- Simmer the stock until it reduces by half to around 600ml, about 15 mins. Strain the stock and pour back into the pan. Boil until reduced to around 300ml. You can make up to this point 2 days in advance or freeze the stock for up to 1 month. (The leg meat isn’t used in this recipe, but you can shred
- Make a celeriac purée. Sauté the celeriac in the butter with 2 sprigs rosemary in a covered pan for 15-20 mins until soft. Discard the rosemary. Heat the stock, put a small ladleful in a blender or food processor with the celeriac, then blitz to a purée.
- Slice the breast fillets into large chunks and poach in the stock for 7 mins until just firm. Remove and set aside. Add the sausages, poach for 8-10 mins, then remove and slice. Take the stock off the heat.
- Heat oil in a large frying pan and sauté the pancetta for 4-5 mins. Add the shallots or onions and some oil, then cook for another 5 mins. Tip the mixture into a large bowl. Add more oil to the pan and fry the mushrooms for 5 mins. Add to the bowl and toss together with your hands or a large spoon.
- Tip the parsnips into the pan with the honey and the leaves of a sprig of thyme. Season and cook for 5-7 mins, discard the thyme and remove to the bowl along with the meat. Chop a sprig each of thyme, rosemary and parsley, add to the bowl and toss everything together.
- Heat the stock and mix in 1 tbsp of the celeriac purée and the mustard. Spoon the remaining purée into the bottom of a deep rectangular 22 x 10cm pie dish. Tip the filling on top, then pour over the stock. The filled pie dish can be covered with cling film and chilled for up to a day.
- Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured board to the thickness of £1 coin. Beat the yolks until smooth and brush some around the rim of the pie dish. Lay the pastry on top and press down the edge to seal. Using a sharp knife, trim off the excess, then pinch the edges to crimp. Brush evenly with more glaze.
- Cut out some small oval shapes, score leaf marks down the centre and pinch the ends. Fix onto the pastry and glaze with the egg. Fix thyme sprigs on top and crush over some sea salt flakes. Bake the pie for 10 mins, then reduce heat to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4 and bake for another 20-25 mins until golden and crisp. Leave to stand for 10 mins before serving.
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