The Old Vine Shiraz block at Nuriootpa, from which some of the fruit is sourced, was spawned from The Old Bastard vineyard (est 1893). The Old Bastard is genetic material that only exists in Australia, its parentage being lost to Phylloxera in Europe in the 1880’s. The fruit from these vineyards was sold to various wineries over the years and often finding a home in some of the Barossa’s most prestigious blends. Kaesler Old Vine Shiraz has been consistently produced as an elegant wine, tight in its youth, a wine that is made to age. It represents a different style of Shiraz within the Kaesler portfolio, when compared to its bolder brothers, The Bogan and Old Bastard Shiraz.
The Kaesler vineyards (family owned and run by the Kaeslers from 1893 to 1986) were founded by Silesian pioneers who came to the Barossa Valley in the 1840s. In 1893 they first planted vines brought to the Barossa from the Rhône: genetic material which would face extinction in France due to phylloxera but would live on and prosper in the Barossa. After a long search for the perfect vineyard site, winemaker Reid Bosward and his partners bought the Kaesler vineyards in 1998, including the 3.7 acres of the now unique original vines planted in 1893 by the first generation of the Kaesler family.