Grape Variety: 100% Shiraz
Growing Region: Barossa Valley, Australia
Owner / Chief Winemaker: Reid Bosward

After sharing another complex growing season under the Barossa sun, the 'Old Bastard' Shiraz vines celebrate their 114th anniversary in good form. As Reid reminds us, these vines have seen wars, vine pulls and even the Chardonnay revolution. This power-packed ‘Old Bastard’ Shiraz was first released in 1998. Kaesler own just over 92 hectares of vineyards in the Barossa Valley, the majority of the fruit for this wine came from 'old vines', in a single vineyard planted back in 1893.

 

In the glass you have this deep red wine with a crimson hue. On the nose you will find bright cassis and blue berries, with hints of black berry and ripe dark plums. As the wine breaths and develops in the glass you will be greeted by sandalwood, cedar and even roasted meat aromas. This wine is a perfect expression of the honest purity of the age of the vines which is the core of this unique wine.
The palate is rich and intense and not for the faint hearted or those scared of the dark. The tannins are edgy and raw but have the strength and complexity to match with layered wine and give the wine more confidence to stand up to richly flavoured dishes and will age well. Overall the palate is well balanced and with integrated layers of fruit oak and tannins this wine will keep your taste satisfied so don't rush this wine, take your time.
Even in its youth this complex wine has matured well and is already showing its softer side, although it is still a comfortable 8-12 year proposition. Reid must be enormously proud of the wine with all the difficulties of the vintage. I would encourage decanting for 30-45 minutes and serve at 17-18°C.

A Shiraz packed with power and personality.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
With good decanting, approachable this coming winter season; though will age well for another 8-12 years.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with wild game dishes, served with rich sauces and also with aged, hard cheeses, enjoy.