Grape Varietal: 100% Shiraz
Growing Region: Nuriootpa, Barossa Valley, Australia
Chief Winemaker: Reid Bosward

Do not be deterred by the name - the Kaesler ‘Old Bastard Shiraz is one of the Barossa Valley's most engaging and expressive of wines. The wine and name make reference to a small number of ‘old bastards’ - bush vines planted around 1893 on sandy clay loam soils layered over clay. The personality reflects the essence and philosophy of Kaesler’s winemaking along with elevating individual vineyard sites to international fame.

 

For several years now Reid has engaged in a program of sustainable viticulture and soil improvement with an aim an now the results of achieving a natural equilibrium within these century old bush vines.
Those of you with a sharp eye for art might recognize the ‘Old Bastard’ label, a distinctive Ralph Steadman drawing - and like the wine a highly-individual style with density and richness of fruit, with good tannins and underlying grain of oak giving elegance to the wine.
Due to the fragile nature of these aged vines, the low cropping fruit was carefully hand-picked and quickly brought back to the winery. After a combination of traditional and modern vinification the wine was transferred to 'Burgundian' oak barrels where it matured for 21 months in 35% new and the remainder in 1 year old. The actual winemaking procedure that Reid performs with this wine is a closely guarded secret, with innovative techniques as yet to be revealed. It is also bottled ‘au naturel’, which means, with no fining and filtration.
After standing up for a good period - on pouring this wine in the glass you will be greeted by a rich garnet colour, with this dark core stretching virtually all the way to the edge. This wine has a vibrant aroma, immediately expressing small dark berries, along with dried herbs straight off the bush. The wine has an engaging and intense palate packed with blackberry and mulberry fruits. The fruits natural character and maturation in oak has embedded the wine with layered spices of pepper, anise and cardamom. The wines confident tannins are fully ingrained giving a rich texture, complimented by natural acidity lifting the palate and leaving a bright and lively persistent finish. This vintage has 14.5% Alc. Decant for 45-60 mins and serve at 16-18°C. 

A memorable Shiraz, for those deserving of occasions.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
With decanting approachable now; though would appreciate another 2-3 years and will age well for another 8-10 years. 

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with well-seasoned, slow cooked prime red meats, wild game and dishes with a rich wine-jus and also enjoyable with aged, hard cheeses.