Named after the town of ‘Avignon’ in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region in France, which is famous for making a wine blended from Grenache / Shiraz / Mourvèdre, or GSM as we know it.
At Kaesler each version of the ‘Avignon’ is slightly different depending on vintage conditions and composition of the varieties. However, every year the grapes are sourced from our famous 90 year old Barossa vines.
The 2021 vintage was in a word ‘Brilliant’. Barossa saw cool and dry conditions which has produced excellent quality reds and whites. Great growing conditions combined with good yields created amemorable harvest, with all wines showing a wide array of aromas and flavours. Soft supple tannins are in abundance in the reds which has ensured easy drinking in their youth, with careful cellaring also reaping rewards. The highlight for 2021 was the overall quality, a genuine 10/10 season.
As the back labels tells us, at Kaesler we have some of the oldest vines in the Barossa Valley and the three varieties that go into the 2021 Avignon are indeed just that. This blend is comprised of 94 year old Grenache and Mourvèdre, and 59-year-old Shiraz help to fill out the pedigree of this wine. Each variety was fermented on skins for between 7 to 10 days, with careful management to avoid over-extraction. After pressing, each batch is kept separate and racked once or twice over the next twelve months, before being blended and given a light filtration before bottling.
APPEARANCE: Bright garnet to ruby red.
BOUQUET: Bursting with red berry fruit.
PALATE: An ensemble of red and black berries on the front to middle palate, hints of savoury spice on the back.
FOOD MATCH: Slow cooked roast pork or lamb with vegetables
Region: Barossa Valley