Kaesler Wines celebrate their firsts

A robust red wine produced by Kaesler Wines at Nuriootpa and grown in Marananga has meant a series of “first” outcomes, winemaker Stephen Dew reveals.

To begin with, this is the first time the wine company has won ‘Best Wine’ in the Marananga Wine Show’s short history. 

Kaesler Wines’ 2015 ‘Alte Reben’ Shiraz was their only entry into the annual Barossa western event, held on Saturday evening and plucked from 133 entries. It was awarded ‘Best Shiraz” in show.

It was also the first time the wine had been released for public tasting.

And on a subtle note, it was perhaps the first time the Kaesler Wines’ team were unable to make the event due to their in-house function.

Yet the team still celebrated in style post-event by joining in cellar door on Wednesday to checkout their wins, a America oak barrel provided by Steve Chapman from Cooperages 1912 and trophy, and of course, sample the award winning wine.

“The first release of this wine was in 2010,” Mr Dew, who has been with Kaesler Wines for over 15 years, explained.

“The vineyard, located off Jenke Road, was established in 1899 and goes into making the Bogan, our old vine shiraz,” he said.

On taste, Mr Dew shared how the $150 wine is “rich and voluptous and standing right on it’s feet”.

Mr Dew credits the wine’s taste to the western soil combining “schist rock over blue grey clay”.

As for the win, “It’s a great reward and worthwhile being part of the only sub-regional wine show held in Australia,” Mr Dew added.