Kaesler Old Vine Shiraz is produced from vines planted in 1961. The younger brother of the Old Bastard Shiraz, the old vine vineyard was planted with cuttings from the Old Bastard 1893 vines and aged in barrels first used by Old Bastard Shiraz.
Although the 2019 vintage was slightly challenging due to the dry winter followed by a spring frost, the overall quality was excellent. The dry spring and summer caused smaller bunches and berries, resulting in concentrated and dense flavours in the wine.
Carefully hand harvested with only the best bunches selected from our precious old vines. Fermentation took place for 8-10 days with careful pump overs to make sure the juice is not over worked. At pressing the free run juice is taken off and the grape must is lightly pressed in order to keep the tannins soft. The juice is then settled and racked to French oak puncheons. Fermentation took 7 to 8 days and in this time the wine was pumped over 2 to 3 times per day to help extract colour from the skins and keep the cap moist in an effort to maintain freshness. After gentle pressing the wine was left to rest for 2 to 3 days, then racked to French puncheons for around 18 months.
APPEARANCE: Ruby red, purple in colour
BOUQUET: An elegant bouquet filled with cherry, black fruits and spice.
PALATE: Full bodied, yet elegant with finesse. Very youthful and vibrant on the palate with slightly grainy tannins that gets pushed aside by the layers of dark berry fruits that fill the mouth. This vibrancy of fruit and the well-balanced French oak make this a wine that drinks beautifully now but will also keep giving for many years to come.
FOOD MATCH: Beef and other red meat dishes, or slow roasted root vegetables.
Region: Barossa Valley