Amazing depth of colour looking more like a 3 or 4 year old red rather than 10 year old. Super saturated inky black core with a very deep bright dark red black hue. Heady aromas of liquorice, ripe blackberries and perfectly ripened black cherries waft from the glass followed by delicate dark chocolate infusions, vanillin cedar and blackpepper. Incredibly concentrated with a structure to match, the palate is slammed with an abundance of rich luscious fruit that includes liquorice, ripe blackberries and black cherries which prevail over a back drop of spicy toasted vanillin cedar and confectionary with a pepper infused finish. The tannins appear velvet like beneath the enormous wealth of fruit yet there’s a muscular feel to them which provides the framework to this massively endowed and amazingly powerful wine. Exceptionally long finish of liquorice, black cherries, blackberries, spicy vanillin toasted cedar, confectionary and blackpepper.
Cellar 8-10 years.
An Outstanding Old Bastard with plenty of kick still left in the ticker.
The Kaesler family, of Silesian origin, emigrated to the Barossa in the 1840s. The winemaking is in the hands of Reid Bosward and Stephen Dew.
The flagship 2006 Old Bastard Shiraz was sourced from a 114-year-old vineyard and aged for 19 months in new and one year French oak. It exhibits an expressive nose of toasty oak, earth notes, and wild blueberry followed by a thick, dense, super-rich, opulent Shiraz with tons of savory fruit, spice notes, and impeccable balance. This exceptionally lengthy wine will have a drinking window extending from 2014 to 2028.
Jay Miller – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate