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Colour Blue-Purple-Red
Nose Blackberries, loganberries, boysenberries, mulberries raspberries, it's pretty dark in there. It also hides some flecks of slate and iron stone.
Palate Profound depths of the blackberry, liqueur-soaked plum, licorice, bitter chocolate and spice fruit, oak a further adornment.
Food Pairing Beef
Cellaring 15 Plus Years
Notes The 2016 Alte Reben is from a patch adjacent to the Greenock Creek – the top soil is a loam heavily laden with gneiss, a soil type not from the area but washed down from the Eden Valley over the millennia. It has a metallic shimmer. This rests over infinite combinations of stony alluvial wash from the creek. It is extremely deep, not particularly fertile but extraordinarily rich in minerals and trace elements. Sustainable farming systems ensure that the loam is replenished each year.
Variety Shiraz
Body Full Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2016
Region Barossa Valley
Country Australia
Sustainability Sustainable
Alcohol 14.5%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Cork
Kaesler
Kaesler is a Barossa Valley winery, through and through. The Kaesler family first settled on the estate in 1845 and by the mid-1890s they had planted vineyards and winemaking was in full swing. The estate was in the family’s hands until 1986, but it wasn’t until 1999, when winemaker Reid Bosworth came along, that the Kaesler wine legacy jumped back in to gear.

With a focus on old-vine Shiraz, Kaesler has made a name for itself as a Barossa Valley stalwart on the back of its Kaesler Old Bastard, The Bogan, Alte Reben and Stonehorse wines.
Barossa Valley
The Barossa Valley is about an hour and a half drive to the North of Adelaide, in South Australia and is the oldest wine region in the country, founded by German settlers. The region can be credited with putting Australian wine on the world wine map, thanks to Shiraz, which thrives in the warm climate (though Hunter Valley Semillon also contributed.)

For many years traditionalist wine makers thought the grape variety was best suited to the cooler climates of the Rhone Valley and that the variety would cook and in the warmth of the Australian sun. Although South Australian Shiraz is a bigger, beefier wine than its southern French counterpart Syrah, no one can deny the regions propensity to produce world class wines.

Not only Shiraz is cultivated in Barossa Valley, with other red varieties such as Grenache, Mourvedre (Mataro) and to a lesser extent Cabernet Sauvignon. The white varieties that thrive best seem to be Semillon, Chardonnay and Rhone varietals like viognier, Marsanne and Roussane.

The Valley has many subregions which all have unique terroirs. Seppeltsfield, Marananga, Greenock are to name but a few. With a huge number of wineries in such a small area, and a host of accommodation, the region is very popular for wine-tourism. In the words of Master of Wine Jancis Robinson, the Barossa Valley became "Australia's quintessential wine region."
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Gary Walsh
Old vine Shiraz from a vineyard in Marananga, planted in 1899.

Rich blackberry, creamy oak, smoke, spice and gauze. Full bodied, distinctly smoke and stables, fleshy tannin, vanilla perfume, and a tight long and dry finish. Complexity built in for now, and lots of flavour and interest, but perhaps not one for the cellar.

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