This is my first experience of the Dog Strangler - for those unaware "Estrangle Chien" is a French synonym for what we in Australia commonly refer to as Mataro - for, being a stubborn principled sort, I refuse to shop in certain national multiples, preferring to frequent local and independently owned stores
I've been on the record before as having a disdain for fashionable flights of fancy. However, it seems that Mataro is getting its time in the retail spotlight - I've even seen it referred to as "The Next Big Thing". Mataro has a long association with Australia but has traditionally been blended away into GSM blends (and variations thereof).
I'm happy to see more straight varietal Mataro come onto retail shelves, but i wouldn't like to see the trend continue at the expense of - as I see it - varietally correct Mataro.
This example, from various blocks around the Barossa exhibits a touch of prune, leather and damp earth. It comes across as a fairly made wine compared to some other examples of Mataro I have tasted. In the mouth, it's fairly concentrated - exhibiting depth of flavour; some all-spice contributes to an overall warmth in the mouth.
The spice radiates on leading to a fair length of finish. Overall it is emminently drinkable - as Teusner wines tend to be - that said, my preference was for the wine on day one. Don't demur, if you get the opportunity buy some up, drink some and bob a couple away for a couple of years.