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Kaesler Old Vine Semillon 2008

Semillon from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
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14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The 2008 vintage was punctuated with what turned out to be a record hot spell late in the season. The heat stole about 25% of the yield but a good healthy canopy saved the fruit from sun burn.

Fruit was picked slightly greener in colour before it was allowed to go golden giving better natural acid and zesty flavours. Left on light residual lees for 7 months. The Lees help support the palate weight.

Clear pale straw color.

Nose: summery aromas of nectarine, pear and fresh meadow hay.

Palate: Granny Smith and gooseberry with a zesty grapefruit finish

Will be a solid medium term ager, 4-5 years

Critical Acclaim

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RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Kaesler's 2008 Old Vine Semillon presents intense aromas of lemon curd, dried herbs, toast, nuts and a very pretty floral undercurrent of orange blossom. Full-bodied and very crisp in the mouth with a pleasantly silky texture, it gives a finish of citrus and toast. Drink it now through 2013.
TP 90
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Ripe and juicy with citrus, apple and spice; tangy, smooth and rich with bright acid structure.
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Kaesler

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Kaesler, Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
2008 Old Vine Semillon
Kaesler is a privately owned wine company that produces estate grown wines from vineyards as old as 1893. The Kaesler family were pioneers who settled in the Barossa Valley in the 1840's. In 1891 they bought a parcel of land and in 1893 planted their first vines. Today Kaesler wines are made from these ancient, dry grown vineyards, by the third owners of this magnificent property.

Barossa Valley

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Historically and presently the most important wine-producing region of Australia, the Barossa Valley is set in South Australia, where more than half of the country’s wine is made. Because the climate is very hot and dry, vineyard managers must be careful so that grapes do not become overripe. Some of the oldest vines in Australia can be found here—in the cooler, wetter Eden Valley sub-region, the Hill of Grace vineyard is home to 140+ year old Shiraz vines.

The intense heat is ideal for plush, bold reds, particularly Rhône blends featuring Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro (Mourvèdre). White grapes can produce crisp, fresh wines from Riesling, Chardonnay, and Semillon if they are planted at higher altitudes where they may benefit from cool breezes, particularly in the Eden Valley.

Semillon

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A shy but noble variety with considerable structure, depth, and length, beneath Sémillon’s aloof exterior lays a singular, uncompromising white with the power and intensity to create wines that can last and improve for several decades. It is the perfect partner to tame Sauvignon Blanc's wild side in its most important outpost of Bordeaux. Sémillon especially shines in Sauternes, one of the world’s greatest sweet wines, with highly concentrated flavors of honey and dried apricots. While Sémillon is not the most fashionable grape in the rest of the wine world, it has had great success in Australia, where it can produce elegant, complex dry wines.

In the Glass

Sémillon is most notable for its oily texture and significant palate weight. In youthful dry wines, it expresses subtle aromas of lemon, green apple, pear, and stone fruit. Aged or sweet Sémillon wines show more complex character of lanolin, beeswax, honeysuckle, ginger, saffron, vanilla, or toast.

Perfect Pairings

Thanks to its moderate acidity, this fairly full-bodied wine can stand up to pretty boldly flavored food. Think lightly spiced Asian or Indian white meat or fish dishes, or anything with cinnamon, clove, or star anise. It’s also great with autumnal vegetables like kabocha squash, yam, or potato. Botrytised Sémillon, as in Sauternes, is a perfectly decadent pairing with foie gras.

Sommelier Secret

Sémillon was once the most common variety in South Africa—so common, in fact, that in 1822, when 93% of the country’s vineyard area was planted with it, it was simply referred to as Wyndruif, or “wine grape.”

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