LISA PERROTTI-BROWN

29th Oct 2016 | The Wine Advocate

 

Kaesler’s very talented winemaker, Reid Bosward, happened to be passing through Napa recently and kindly brought with him a mini-vertical of nine vintages of Alte Reben to taste. Kaesler’s Alte Reben is a single vineyard wine coming from a 117-year-old Shiraz vines (planted in 1899) in the Marananga sub-region of Barossa Valley. In my view, it’s the ancient vines in this area of the Barossa that produce some of the most complex wines in Australia and indeed the world. Of course, the age of the vines necessitates hand-picking. There’s nothing special happening with the winemaking—the emphasis here is on the fruit. The wine is matured for around 21 months in French oak casks, 40% new and 60% one-year. There’s no fining or filtration. Only about 500 cases are produced. These are outstanding quality, singular, elegant (yes!) and age-worthy wines. What’s more, the pricing isn’t crazy for what they are, making this label a great buy for collectors looking for value and something truly unique.

2016     Kaesler Alte Reben Shiraz            (94 – 96)  (barrel sample)

2015     Kaesler Alte Reben Shiraz            (95 – 97) (barrel sample)

2014     Kaesler Alte Reben Shiraz            94+

2013     Kaesler Alte Reben Shiraz            95+

2012     Kaesler Alte Reben Shiraz            94

2010     Kaesler Alte Reben Shiraz            95

2009     Kaesler Alte Reben Shiraz            94

2008     Kaesler Alte Reben Shiraz            94

2006     Kaesler Alte Reben Shiraz            95