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2005 Kaesler Cabernet Sauvignon

Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
$23. 99
$287.88 Dozen
Cellar: 3 - 4 Years (2009-2010)
ABV: 15.5%
Closure: Cork

Kaesler is a Barossa winery that is steeped in history which dates back to 1893 when the first vineyard was established. After a century of colourful activity, the present day partnership that is Kaesler remains determined to produce exceptionally concentrated wines from their vineyards. When winemaker Reid Bosward was asked why he made such powerful wines his reply was “Because we can. Lean wines are for lean areas. The Barossa allows us to have a high intensity of flavour which most other places can’t do.” The Cabernet is made from twenty five year old vines grown on red brown loams over clay and limestone rubble.

A big, very ripe Cabernet. Opaque black crimson colour with black crimson hue. The nose has a touch of tobacco, followed by cedar and cigar box, finishing with a hint of tea leaf. The palate flavours are very generous. Ripe blackcurrant, cassis, over cedar and cigar box. Mouth filling. Nuances of dark chocolate and black pepper appear on the back palate. Perfect tannin balance. Long aftertaste of spice, cedar, blackcurrant and cassis. Cellar: 3-4 years (2009-2010) Alc/Vol: 15.5%

Other reviews...
A terrific value in Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon (perhaps that region’s most underrated varietal), Kaesler’s 2005 Old Vine Cabernet (100% Cabernet Sauvignon from 35-year-old vines) spent 14 months in one and two-year-old French oak. It possesses toasty, subtle pain grille aromas interwoven with scents of black currants, minerals, cigar smoke, and spice box. Fabulous intensity and length, medium to full body, an opulent palate, and good structure as well as definition suggest it should drink well for 10-12 years.
Drink 2006-2018
Rating: 93
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate  ( Issue #167, October 2006 )