Kaesler have several Grenache vineyards that really perform on their own from time to time, and the single vineyard ‘The Fave’ seems to excel more years than not. Normally it is a walk up start to Avignon, but sometimes we cut a little out for special treatment as ‘The Fave’.
Winter rainfall for 2021 was 48% above average. The wet winter was welcomed after 3 dry years. Maximum temperatures were below average for the beginning of the growing season; however, the latter half was warmer providing good ripening conditions. A hailstorm on the 28th of October severely damaged some vines, fortunately most recovered and secondary shoots grew however, they were typically less fruitful than primary shoots which resulted in lower yields in some varieties.
Although the season was challenging, our ongoing regenerative farming techniques have assisted with building resilient vines that continue to produce outstanding fruit. This was evident in the 2022 vintage with the winemakers talking about the wines being elegant and structured with depth and length of flavour.
Appearance: Ruby red, magenta.
Bouquet: Aromas of ripe strawberry, cherry and raspberries fill the glass.
Palate: Light to medium bodied, the palate is full of raspberry, black cherry and strawberry flavours with hints of sweet spice and orange rind from the whole bunches, which gives the wine plenty of length
Grape Variety: Grenache
Region: Barossa Valley
Vineyard Soils: Loam over clay
Winemaking: For Anybody that knows Dewy will know that the Fave is very close to his heart, some would say he spends way too much time, smelling, tasting and inside the fermenters. But this is because when making a Natural wine you need to take extra care and be sure you’re do what the wine needs and when it’s needed. for the first week or more the wines left to rest and slowly start it’s cab – mac fermentation then it’s time to get busy ! for the next 5 to 7 days of giving the yeast what their looking for, so pigeage and remontage as needed. then gentlely pressed to tank brfore going into 3 and 4 year old barrels.
Food Match: Duck à l’Orange, Game and Mushroom dishes. We recommend chilling the wine in the warmer months.