|Wine||Kaesler “The Bogan”|
|Maturation||15 months in 75% French Oak (25% New Oak, the remainder 2-3 year old French Oak)
25% American Oak (2yr old barrels)
Hi there to all you wine lovers.
Tonight I venture back to the fantastic 2010 vintage with one of the varieties that did the best in the Barossa Valley during this year. The mighty Shiraz. Tonight I am looking at one of Kaesler Vineyards Estate wines; “The Bogan.” This wine is sourced from 2 separate vineyards in the Barossa region. The Maranaga block provides the old vine Shiraz dating from 1899, whilst the Nurioopta block provides the younger vines planted in 1965. Together this combination offers an array of dark and blue fruits on the palate.
Colour: Dark ruby red, almost inky (Like the colour of Guinness) with deep purple hue.
Aromas: Dark Cherry and plums work up front, with a backing of oak related spices, sandalwood and nutmeg. Hints of liquorice dance on the rim. Dustings of clay and ash work their way through on this wine too, giving this wine a real sense of place; as most old vine Shiraz’s present this characteristic.
Palate: Deep, rich and full bodied. I am presented with generous black fruit upfront prominent blackberry and dark cherry, but it is well balanced by oak, which adds depth and length to this wine. Traces of liquorice and spice start to work their way into this wine on the mid palate. It also brings along toasty cedar and vanilla flavours represented by oak. Hints of fine dark chocolate enter onto the palate as well adding further layers of complexity. This wine is an absolute powerhouse of rich Barossa style Shiraz. Nothing over-the-top, but a true example of what old vine Shiraz and a great vintage can do for a wine. The finish is long, and a combative array of fruit, earth and oak onto the end. Something I sort after from a good wine.
Personal Thoughts: A very good wine out of the strong 2010 vintage. Was glad that I approached it now that earlier on in its development in the bottle. This wine presents the quintessential Shiraz of the region, and is definitely worth the investment. The oak presence along with the fruit like I said give this wine a brilliant body and a good cellaring potential too. This wine will only improve with age. Best drinking will be in 2020 to 2024; but you can expect this wine to keep going on for a decade after that.
Drink: Now to 2032
The SA Wine Guy