Grape Varietals: 67% Grenache & 33% Mourvèdre
Growing Region: Barossa Valley, Australia
Chief Winemaker: Reid Bosward

The Kaesler family were pioneers who settled in the Barossa Valley back in the 1840s. And in 1891 they bought a parcel of land where they planted their first vines in 1893. Today several Kaesler Wines are made from these ancient, dry grown bush vines by the third owners of this magnificent property. I had the pleasure to spend some quality time at Kaesler in January of this year, and this was an early drinking style standout.

 

Both Grenache and Mourvèdre have an ancient and well travel history finding their way to the Barossa Valley a great number of year ago, settling in quickly and with several vines now some of the oldest producing vines in the world.
These ancient dry grown bush vines are fragile and need great care during the growing season and harvest time - Kaesler, retain and respect both with the vibrant varietals showing their best in this classic blend. This vintage the winemaking team decided on a Grenache / Mourvèdre blend instead of a more traditional blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre. The Grenache portion of the blend and the remaining Mourvèdre came from 84 year old vines.
When deemed ripe, the fruit was hand-picked, with the Grenache being harvested on the 14th March 2013 and the Mourvèdre on the 20th March 2013 in the area of Nuriootpa. Both parcels spent 8 days on skins, having their caps plunged twice a day. The juice was then fermented at 22-24°C in stainless steel tanks. After both wines had finished malolactic fermentation they were then racked. After pressing, the wine was then allowed to settle for a couple of days before being transferred to old oak barrels. Typically the oak barrels used for the ‘Avignon’ blend are older than 5 year of age, where it was allowed to develop for 15 months of barrel maturation. Then tasted, blended and bottled on the 25th April 2015.
As you pour this wine into your substantial glass you will be greeted by a bright youthful red wine with a cherry edge. On the nose you will be enticed by aromas of dark summer berries, together with notes of dark chocolate and subtle dried spice. This classic of blends in such a short time has become world renowned for its complex depth and length of flavour, showcasing blackberries, dark plums and well integrated oak and natural tannins giving this wine good palate texture. But it is the generosity of the fruit that gives this wine its personality and subtle elegance on both the palate and pleasingly smooth finish.
This 2013 Grenache / Mourvèdre has 15.0% Alc. Short decant and serve at 16-18°C. 

A complex classic red blend, with a generous personality.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
With medium decanting, drinking well this season; plus will age well for another 4-6 years. 

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with well-seasoned roast lamb, bbq’d or cured red meats and mild game pasta dishes, earthy vegetarian cuisine and with aged, hard cheeses - enjoy.