Kaesler Old Bastard Shiraz 2006
|Region||Australia, South Australia, Barossa Valley|
Colour: Arterial blood. Nose: Once opened, and when it's young, exhibits soy sauce, vegemite, mandarin rind and flowers. After a few hours with air, and more suggestive of its future, it leans slowly towards dark chocolate embedded with black ripe yet still sour cherries. After 5 hours or more, small berried fruit, black and red start streaming though, vanilla lift adds a nice topping and ethereal afterglow. Palate: Intensely ferrous and austere upon opening but this trait will become complex over time. The savoury qualities, pronounced by this vineyard persist until about 4 hours into the bottle. The oak is is well wound into the fruit at this stage but the competition is intense. We know however the fruit will prevail in the 10 th or 11 th round. By TKO. Above all that, the texture is familiar OB, slippery, with tannin and acid hard to separate. Not bad for a hands off effort by a bunch of Bogans.
Big, ripe and generous, delivering a powerful mouthful of spicy blackberry, black plum, licorice and tobacco flavors that push right through the fine tannins on the long, slightly hot finish. Best from 2010 through 2018.