The Kaesler Avignon has been around for a few years now. Kaesler is located in the Barossa Valley, one of Australias oldest wine regions. The blend varies each year depending on what performs best in a given vintage. In 2008 it’s a blend of 46% Grenache (70 year old vines), 40% Shiraz (65 year old vines) and 14% Mourvedre (43 year old vines).
On pouring, the wine shows an opaque black/dark red colour with deep dark crimson red hue. On the nose lifted scents of ripe black raspberry intermixed with liquorice are foremost followed by some ripe blackberry, dark cherry and spice. Full bodied the palate delivers rich exuberant flavours of black raspberry, black cherry and liquorice followed by a touch of earth and some spice. Fine grained yet sturdy tannin structure lends good support to the generous levels of fruit. Long aftertaste of black raspberry, liquorice, earth and spice.
On a personal note, this has been one of the best bottles I’ve opened this year, dark and rich but not thick or hevay tasting and very smooth, more so once decanted and left to breathe for a while. I will definitely be convincing Corey that we need to do some more tasting of this one!
Cellar Door Price $30.00
Costco Price: $21.99