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. There were 1,560 bottles produced from three estate vineyards in the Barossa Valley. The vineyards are 29, 49 and 53-years-old. Aged 30% in new French Oak and 70% in one and two-year-old French oak barrels.
Since 2009, we've featured over 600 wines from every corner of the globe. Our staff has had the opportunity to taste and experience 10,000+ wines, visiting wineries and winemakers in the US, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Portugal, Luxembourg, Spain, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand to find WineCollective members the best value and most unique wines available.
For the second installment in the WineCollective numbered series, we have chosen to follow in the success of the WineCollective One from Deerfield, with an equally bold and bountiful wine. Both the One and Two are classic representations of their respective region and varietals. We are excited to share this punchy but elegant Barossa Shiraz, as the follow-up to the WineCollective One.
We are proud to partner with the iconic Kaesler Winery. The estate was founded in 1893 by the Kaesler family after their purchase of a 96 acre plot. The wine is 100% Shiraz, hand harvested on February 24, 2011, starting at 6 a.m. in order to get the most of the fruit off before the heat of the day. Due to a rainy harvest, some wine reviewers thought the vintage wouldn't perform. However, the winemaker was so convinced that this vintage would be amazing that he hid the wine so that it could be re-evaluated years later. The result is a wine that has surpassed all expectations of the vintage. During a recent visit to Barossa, we got to taste this 'forgotten' wine and immediately knew it 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. The vineyards are 29, 49 and 53-years-old. Aged 30% in new French Oak and 70% in one and two-year-old French oak barrels. It spent 10 days sur lees with pump over twice a day. Unfiltered, decanting is recommended to remove any sediment and allow the wine to open. Enjoy slightly chilled to 17 degrees and enjoy by 2020.
How it looks
Dark core, black cherry in colour with raspberry edges and watery rim.
How it smells
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.
How it tastes
Medium + body, mouth watering 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.
Recommended food pairings
Braised meat, lamb or game. An easy preparation of grilled sausage, like venison and sage with mashed potatoes.