The Kaesler Vineyards were established in 1893. The family sprung from Silesian pioneers who came to the Barossa Valley in the 1840s. They cleared the scrub and in 1893 planted out the entire holding with Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro (Mourvedre). The gnarled, dry-grown vines still remain and provide the backbone of the intense wines produced here. The exceptional Kaesler wines now being produced had their beginning in 1997 when a young winemaker at Cellarmaster just a few hundred meters away noticed the power and intensity of the fruit. Winemaker Reid Bosward and his co-owners, a group of international wine lovers, searched areas such as America's Napa Valley, the south of France, Marlborough in New Zealand as well as other parts of Australia before deciding to buy into the Barossa. Bosward comes to Kaesler with experience at Tyrell’s, McGuigan, Cellarmaster and abroad in France and S. Africa.
The “Avignon” is a style of red wine composed of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre. The Grenache and Mourvedre vines are 70 years old and the Shiraz comes from vineyards 47 and 105 year’s old. Typically Avignon is aged in older oak for up to 18 months. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
As with the Stonehorse SGM, the Shiraz was vinified with an emphasis on fruit character. This 100% Shiraz aged in 3 year old barrels for 12 months is a wine that should be enjoyed in its youth.
The Bogan Shiraz
The Bogan block is 100% Shiraz what was planted in 1899. Soils consist of sandy loam, followed by clay with limestone thinly dispersed. This tends to give the wine more blue fruit characters and lift combined with the intensity of the old vines. The wine was aged in 80% new American oak, with a medium to heavy toast, and the balance 1 and 2 year old French. It was bottled without fining or filtration. The Bogan is designed to highlight the unmistakable synergy between Barossa Shiraz and good quality American oak.