Kaesler Wine Old Vine Shiraz, Barossa Valley
The Old Vine is a blend of parcels of 45-year-old Shiraz from Kaesler vineyards. Sitting on the higher end of alcohol by volume spectrum, the Kaesler Old Vine is actually quite an elegant wine. It’s not that iron fist in a velvet glove because it doesn’t push to extremes. It’s more like a firm handshake, honest and assured. It spends about a year-and-a-half in new French oak and you may find some sediment in the bottle when you pull it out of the cellar. And the wine is all the better for it, developing as it does over time.
Deep, bright red/purple colour and a ripe dark-plum aroma, fruit-driven and bold, the taste intense and focused, direct and powerful, with good concentration, a warmth of alcohol and abundant tannins, but it's quite well proportioned if not exactly elegant, and has a lovely core of fruit sweetness. Smart stuff and very Barossan.
93 points, The Real Review (February 2020)
This has savory, earthy and gently nutty aromas with quite a spicy thread across the rich blackberries and red plums. The palate has smooth, almost creamy texture and shape to the tannins and a composed, red-plum, raspberry and blackberry finish. Medium body. 1961 plantings.
93 points, JamesSuckling.com (September 2020)
An abundance of flavour with all manner of ripe fruit, compote and baking spices. While the sweet oak needs to settle, everything else is kept in shape by refreshing raspberry-sorbet like acidity.
94 points, Wine Companion (January 2020)
Colonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.