Kaesler Old Bastard
2004 / 750 ml.
- SP Wine Spectator
- WE Wine Enthusiast
- OT Other Review Service
- RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
- ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
- Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
- Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
- * as rated by our staff
95–97 pts. Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate: October, 2005
The flagship offering, the 2004 Shiraz Old Bastard (from a Barossa vineyard planted in 1896) was aged 26 months in virtually all new French barrels. This riveting effort is a wine of great stature, intensity, and richness with layers of blackberry, creme de cassis, licorice, spice box, and barbecue smoke. Opulent as well as impeccably balanced and pure, this gorgeous Shiraz will benefit from 1–2 years of bottle age, and should last for two decades.
95 pts. Wine Spectator: October 15, 2007
Big but graceful. Offers a plush mouthful of ripe cherry, blackberry, pomegranate and cardamom, mingling beautifully on the rich, expressive finish. The tannins are beautifully integrated and refined, but definitely worth cellaring to soften. Shiraz. Best from 2010 through 2020.
95 pts. Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate: October, 2006
Kaesler’s icon cuvee is their Shiraz Old Bastard, produced from a single vineyard planted in 1896, and aged 22 months in 100% new French oak. The 2004 is a big yet remarkably elegant, deep purple-colored Shiraz offering notes of blueberries, black raspberries, and toasty oak, a superb texture, admirable richness, and a long, heady finish. There is plenty of tannin lurking beneath the cascade of fruit, glycerin, and extract. While accessible, it is too young to drink at present, and is meant to keep for 2–3 decades. Anticipated maturity: 2008–2025+.