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

In early January of this year, I spent some quality time at Kaesler in the Barossa Valley - looking at a large number of their wines and learning a great deal about their respectful and expressive winemaking. As they work with some of the oldest bush vines in the world, and over the past few seasons they have looking at a diverse range of oak barrels and different toasting levels to support and compliment their rich wines.

 

These ancient dry grown bush vines are fragile and need great care during the growing season and harvest time - Kaesler, retain and respect the rich characters showing the best in this complex wine. Their Marananga vines were planted in 1899 and the other parcel from Nuriootpa was planted in 1965. These two mature vineyards play an influential role in both this wine and the invitingly rich wines of the Barossa. At Kaesler, they have learnt from history and meticulous winemaking, how to combine and get best from these two sites.
These unique Barossa vines are world famous for crafting concentrated Shiraz wines. This colloquially named ‘The Bogan’ Shiraz over a number of years has developed an exemplary, full bodied style of Shiraz. The two vineyards used to make this wine perfectly complement each other. The Marananga old vine block provides intense, rich, small, earthy berry characters, while the Nuriootpa vines offer riper, sweet fruits notes. These two parcels have built this wines reputation and intense style.
Due to the fragile and natural irregular shaped vines, the fruit was hand harvested and given time on skins, and then pressed off into oak barrels. This Shiraz was matured for up to 15 months in 25% new French oak and the remainder was a combination of 2 and 3 year old French oak. After tasting and blending, the wine was not filtered before bottling and release.
In your glass you will be greeted by a deep dark garnet colour with a bright hue. On the nose be prepared for an explosion ripe dark plums, black cherries, with savoury spice and subtle floral notes. The palate is broad and engaging, with a core of dark fruits, supported by well-balanced natural firm tannins and integrated oak. The palate is full, though the rich fruit and appropriate winemaking has resulted in smooth, silky texture. The wine is both bold and equally charming, crafted with good structure and a persistent finish.
This 2013 Kaesler ‘The Bogan’ Shiraz has 15.5% Alc. Decant for 60 minutes and serve in a generous glass at 16-18°C. 

A rich, complex and engaging Shiraz, with a lengthy finish.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
With good decanting, drinking this winter season; plus will age nicely for another 12-15 years. 

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with grilled prime red meats, slow cooked and well seasoned meats, rich pasta dishes, earthy vegetarian dishes and aged, hard cheeses, enjoy.