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Gavin Hubble - (BSc & Post Grad. Business Marketing) - I started working in the wine industry over 23 years ago in New Zealand. Working in; wine retail, sales, wine production, label & packaging design, marketing, wine buying, consulting and wine education. I am responsible for the Brand Health of 60+ wine brands distributed here in New Zealand. Wine Brands from New Zealand, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina. I work closely with the Trade Industry - (Retail Stores & Restaurants) introducing, educating and positioning exciting and unique brands to wine enthusiasts all over the world.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Kaesler 'Old Bastard' Shiraz 2007

Grape Variety: 100% Shiraz

Growing Region: Barossa, Australia

Chief Winemaker: Reid Bosward

95 points - James Halliday.

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 vineyard planted back in 1893.
In the glass you have this deep red with a crimson hue. On the nose you will find bright cassis and blue berry, with hints of black berry and ripe plum. 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 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 rich dishes and 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 it in youth this 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 30-40 minutes and serve at 18C.

Drinking well this winter season; and will age for 8-12 years.

Perfect wine match with wild game dishes, rich sauces and aged hard cheeses, enjoy.


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