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Kaesler Shiraz Old Bastard 2003

/ML 750
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Primary Varietal: Grenache, Syrah & Mourvedre
The 2003 Kaesler Old Bastard Shiraz was pressed earlier than normal to avoid over extraction, then transferred to 90 percent new French oak barriques and 10 percent American barrels where it completed its malolactic fermentation. It was racked and returned to barrel. The wine was topped regularly with one racking at the 9 month stage. The total maturation in oak was for 15 months. The wine was bottled with no fining or filtration. 'The 2003 Shiraz Old Bastard is a candidate for Shiraz of the vintage from South Australia. Exhibiting an inky/purple color along with serious velocity and intensity, it is a superb expression of top-notch Barossa Valley Shiraz. A glorious perfume of charcoal, blackberry liqueur, smoke, and vanilla is followed by an enormous, but neither heavy nor over-ripe wine that is a testament to the winemaking skills of Reid Bosward. This big, pure, rich Shiraz can be drunk now or cellared for 10-15 years. Drink 2005-2020.' (Robert Parker, Oct 2005)

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