Why Not Wednesday-Kaesler Wines Barossa Valley
The first members of the Kaesler family settled in the Barossa Valley in 1845. The vineyards date back to 1893, but the Kaesler family ownership ended in 1968. After several changes, the present (much-expanded) Kaesler Wines was acquired by a small group of investment bankers (who have since acquired Yarra Yering), in conjunction with former Flying Winemaker Reid Bosward and wife Bindy. Reid’s experience shows through in the wines, which now come from estate vineyards adjacent to the winery, and 10ha in the Marananga area. The latter includes shiraz planted in 1899, with both blocks seeing plantings in the 1930s, ’60s, then each decade through to the present.
In 1987 Reid Bosward attended Roseworthy College, the 11 who finished that course now shape much of the Australian wine industry. Reid went back to NSW to work for Murray Tyrrell in the Hunter Valley. Mr Tyrrell – “always Mr Tyrrell” – taught him neatness, order, cleanliness, balance and introduced him to working with Shiraz.
In 1994, Reid and his now wife Bindy were at Chateau La Louviere. They were joined by one of Bindy’s friends, and her husband, Edourd Peter, a Swiss banker. At dinner (helped by three bottles of 1985 Chateau Mouton Rothchild), Edourd asked Reid how much it would cost to set up a winery in Australia. Reid said a million dollars, which to him then sounded a lot of money. “Ed just raised an eyebrow and said: ‘If you see anything in Australia you think would be a good buy, give me a call.”
Reid first saw fruit from Kaesler’s in 1997, the fruit impressed him. Clearly, here was his vineyard, but was it for sale? By sheer chance, it was. In 1998, Edourd came to Adelaide and asked Reid if he had thought any more about a vineyard. This time Reid had a more realistic figure. “Ed said: ‘I think we can come to that’.” Edourd and his colleagues with Reid purchased Kaesler in November 1999. The original parcel of land comprised of 26.3 acres of vineyards and original buildings. In 2001 they acquired the neighbouring vineyard, 28.5 acres to complete the original vineyard holdings established by the Kaesler family.
More than 70% of the red wine produced under the Kaesler brand are made from vines more than 40 years old. Why make such powerful wines? “Because we can,” Reid explains. “Lean wines are for a lean area. The Barossa allows us to have a high intensity of flavour. Most other places can’t do this.”
“How can you not appreciate anyone who calls his best wine ‘The Old Bastard’ Working from exquisite old vine vineyards in the Barossa Valley, Reid Bosward has made Kaesler one of the most sought-after names in winedom. He’s a brilliant winemaker who deserves recognition as one of the Wine Advocate’s personalities of the year.” – Robert Parker Jr
2013 Kaesler Stonehorse, Barossa Valley Australia – Shiraz :: $28 Sale $24
The Stonehorse wines are full of character like the teams of Clydesdale horses that used to work the heavy clay soil at the Kaesler vineyard, long before tractors were invented. This wine, made from Shiraz vines planted in 1985, reflect this heritage. Inky bright crimson with a dark centre and a youthful edge. Vibrant fruits of the forest and hints of cassis & spice. Supple, elegant mouth feel. Dark fruits such as blackberry and blueberry with lighter red fruits such as red currant. Some spicy notes and oak mingle on the palate.
2013 Kaesler Stonehorse, Barossa Valley Australia – Grenache/Shiraz :: $28 Sale $24
Endowed with impressive plum and blackberry flavours, with ageing in older oak barrels adding further breadth and structure to the explosive fruit. Soft and balanced with fine tannins this is a spicy powerhouse of a wine not for the fainthearted! Garnet red in color, this wine offers aromas of blueberries and blackcurrant, with hints of fresh violet. On the palate, it shows savory notes and pepper spice, as well as fresh rhubarb and fleshy fruit. Fine tannins and balanced acidity with length on the palate.
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