Kaesler Stonehorse - a tempestuous beast

Kaesler is another ‘century-plus-old’ cornerstone winery of the Barossa.  Founded in 1893, the first owners planted out 96 acres with Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro (Mouvedre) and White Hermitage vines. 

These days, the winery is perhaps known for premium Barossa wines such as the Old Bastard, and the Bogan – names that usually provide a chuckle, but invariably are rated extraordinarily highly by national press.  The vineyard from which the grapes for the Alte Reben Barossa Valley Shiraz are sourced, is described as a “national treasure” by James Halliday. 

If either provenance or ownership is anything that interests you as it does me, the Kaesler family sold the winery in 1968.  The current owners, who have owned it since 1990, are a small group of investment bankers who also own the incredible Yarra Yering winery in the Yarra. 

2014 KAESLER STONEHORSE Grenache / Shiraz / Mouvedre

66% G /28% S /6% M

“This is the $20 superstar from Kaesler.  The first time I tried this I was blown away by the finesse of it – it’s perfectly Barossa in its ripe fruit and spice, however it’s got more of a delicate edge than I was expecting, and certainly I was most impressed by the medium palate weight, savoury, balanced nature of it.  So too, the 2014 vintage shows a cavalcade of fruits: blackcurrant, cassis, raspberry, mulberry and blackberry, balanced by licorice, hints of juniper, and a ‘tar and roses’ vibe.  Not unlike wet asphalt after a summer rain.  The palate is concentrated, medium bodied, intense, juicy but structured and lingering through the finish. The oak is lovely around the edges- spicy, elegant. This felt like it had a bit more oomph than the 2013 vintage (no Mouvedre included), but both were/are exceptional in their own ways.  This over delivers value for the money.  Finally – a mid-week wine that confidently crosses over into the weekend… 92 points and $23”