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2014 Kaesler Estate Stonehorse Barossa Shiraz

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You can always bank on the Kaesler Stonehorse range providing some of the best value wines you are ever likely to see coming out of the Barossa. This Shiraz is a Cracka - a big fist full of old-fashioned Barossa fruit - the kind of wine that might put hairs on your chest. Drink with meat.

Winemaker's Notes

The Stonehorse wines are full of character like the teams of Clydesdale horses that used to work the heavy clay soil at the Kaesler vineyard, long before tractors were invented. An assemblage of estate vineyards ranging in age from 15 to 45 years in age. Average yield across the blocks was 34 hectolitres per hectare.

Vinification: Hand-picked on the 7th of March and fermented with live yeast for a healthy ferment. Ten days of skin contact, with the ferment being worked twice a day for 30 minutes in the morning and a very light workout in the evening. Once dry sugar, the ferment was pressed to stainless steel held for 36 hour before racking to 4yr French oak. All yeast were released back to the wild. Malolactic fermentation was initiated for acid supplety during the first phase of barrique maturation. Upon cessation of microbiological stabilisation the wine was racked of lees, settled and returned to barriques. Maturation took 15 months. Bottled with love and no finings.

Colour: Inky bright crimson with a youthful centre and a dark edge.

Nose: Aromas reminiscent of a blood plum orchard, with blackberries running intertwined down the fence line. Further aromatics of star anise infused duck in the camp oven.

Palate: Generous rich dark fruits of, blackberry, blood plum with undertones of caramelised figs. Chalky tannin, hints of oak, with tuned acid.

Notes: From a BBQ with mates to sitting in front of the fire in your smoking jacket (Hugh Hefner style), a serious wine for the modern human.

Alc/vol: 14.0%

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2014 Kaesler Estate Stonehorse Barossa Shiraz

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Mike Bennie (2014 Vintage) says

Shiraz from Kaesler’s estate vines and sees time in only used oak. All about the rich, smooth Barossa nectar.

And nectar it is. Scents of warm mocha, liquorice, black currants and black pepper. It’s quite lush in the palate though there’s soft tannins hugging your palate and lending shape to the wine, finishing with a slightly gritty, tangy pinch to finish. Flows well, feels rich and satisfying to sip on. It’s bold, satiny Barossa Shiraz at elementary level, but that comes with charm. Big friendly red done well.

2016 - 2024

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