Australia: Kaesler - Alte Reben
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 227.
Kaesler’s very talented winemaker, Reid Bosward, happened to be passing through Napa recently and kindly brought with him a mini-vertical of nine vintages of Alte Reben to taste. Kaesler’s Alte Reben is a single vineyard wine coming from a 117-year-old Shiraz vines (planted in 1899) in the Marananga sub-region of Barossa Valley. In my view, it’s the ancient vines in this area of the Barossa that produce some of the most complex wines in Australia and indeed the world. Of course, the age of the vines necessitates hand-picking. There’s nothing special happening with the winemaking—the emphasis here is on the fruit. The wine is matured for around 21 months in French oak casks, 40% new and 60% one-year. There’s no fining or filtration. Only about 500 cases are produced. These are outstanding quality, singular, elegant (yes!) and age-worthy wines. What’s more, the pricing isn’t crazy for what they are, making this label a great buy for collectors looking for value and something truly unique.
2016 Kaesler Alte Reben Shiraz (94 – 96) (barrel sample)
2015 Kaesler Alte Reben Shiraz (95 – 97) (barrel sample)
2014 Kaesler Alte Reben Shiraz 94+
2013 Kaesler Alte Reben Shiraz 95+
2012 Kaesler Alte Reben Shiraz 94
2010 Kaesler Alte Reben Shiraz 95
2009 Kaesler Alte Reben Shiraz 94
2008 Kaesler Alte Reben Shiraz 94
2006 Kaesler Alte Reben Shiraz 95