This is the second in a series of limited edition wines featuring unique global winemakers. This Australian Shiraz is a collaboration between winemaker, Reid Bosward at Kaesler Winery in Barossa and WineCollective. The 2011 was not initially expected to be a stellar vintage, with reviewers quick to critique. However, the winemaker at Kaesler knew something that others did not; the wine needed more time. The remainder of the vintage was secretly stowed away in the winerey, with a plan to release it only when it was truly ready. The result is a wine that has surpassed all expectations of the vintage. When we traveled to Kaesler and tried the hidden wine from 2011, we knew this was the WineCollective Two. We have a finite availability of this wine, only 1,560 bottles produced from three estate vineyards in the Barossa Valley. Enjoy slightly chilled to 17 degrees and enjoy by 2020.
Dark core, black cherry in colour with raspberry edges and watery rim.
Initially tonnes of coffee and spice, hints of eucalyptus. With some time, warmer savoury notes, brambly blue fruits and plums. Pencil shaving and graphite add some minerality.
Medium + body, mouthwatering acidity, well-integrated tannins and impeccably balanced. Transitions from wild red fruits in the front palate, to dark fruits in the back. We continue to pick up some of the graphite. Some tartness, cranberry and rhubarb, balanced with sweeter vanilla notes.
Braised meat, lamb or game. An easy preparation of grilled sausage, like venison and sage with mashed potatoes.
Yarra Valley, Victoria
Retail: $61.99 Club: $44.99