2013 Kaesler "Stonehorse" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia (Elsewhere $22)

SKU #1434710 91 points Wine Spectator

 Juicy and precise, with wild blueberry and cherry flavors that are vibrant, set against a dense, tannic backdrop of cedar and rosemary. Persistent on the long finish. (MW)  (11/2016)

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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/23/2019 | Send Email
Kaesler is one of the most prominent producers of old-vine Shiraz in the Barossa. They have been continuously farming since 1893, and their wines are among the most classic representations of Barossa Shiraz. Named for the horses that used to pull boulders from the vineyards, the Stonehorse Shiraz is sourced from 15- to 40-year-old vines vines planted on deep red-brown soils. The aromas here show hints of rosemary and dry herbs above a broad-shouldered display of blackberry and black cherry fruits, among smokier and savory notes. On the palate, the wine is big and rich; mouthcoating structure and softened tannins. For all its weight, underlying acidity still gives it lift and brightness. I almost never see wines of this quality at this price, this is a perfect contender for a house red that vastly over-performs.

By: Elsa Baez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2019 | Send Email
The most common question we get here at K&L is, "What wines do you have that are a great value and drinking really nicely...?" And I would point them to the 2013 Kaesler Stonehorse Shiraz. A recent great find from our trusty Australian wine buyer Thomas, this Shiraz has some age to it--6 years!--and has aromas of blackberries, subtle hints of powdered cocoa, plums, a hint of leather. It finishes with subtle minerality, and a nice acid backbone to balance it out. What I find even more interesting is that while the nose is plush and juicy, it's not too overwhelming on the palate. Great for every day!

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2019 | Send Email
Kaesler has long stood as one of the top producers of Australian Shiraz amongst such names as Penfolds and Henschke.The quality of the wines for the price is unprecedented and this bottling of Stonehorse is no exception. Classic dark fruits of plum and blackberry shine and are lifted to an engagingly refreshing level by the ideal amount of acidity. Soft notes of leather and dried herbs give depth and all elements together form one beautiful wine. My new favorite Shiraz from the section.
Top Value!

By: Muriel Sarik | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2019 | Send Email
This is classic Australian Shiraz. Full body, good value, and of course, the screw-cap. Lots of fruit but not over extracted, smooth texture with a minty tannin finish. How can you go wrong for only $12.99!

By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2019 | Send Email
This is an absolute steal! Kaesler's Stonehorse Shiraz is made from estate fruit, with vines ranging in age from 15 to 30 years. This full-bodied Shiraz has an inviting nose of blackberries, black cherries, cedar, cassis, and spice. The palate is nicely balanced with acid and soft tannins, and a long finish. A serious wine at an unbelievable price!

By: Ryan Kewin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2019 | Send Email
This great value for Shiraz is medium to full bodied and has flavors of black plum, blackberries and a savory quality that gets your mouth watering. The wine is complex, with spicy tannins that linger on the palate.

By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2019 | Send Email
Superb everyday value for the price! Full of dark black cherry fruit with some hints of chocolate. Fresh and nicely balanced, not over-extracted or overripe.

By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2019 | Send Email
This is one of the loveliest wine from Barossa I have tasted recently. It's fun and juicy, and it has a classic black fruit profile: mulberry, black raspberry, and black cherry burst on the palate. It's a hearty wine but not heavy, and very easy to drink. Beautiful acidity lifts up the finish and makes all flavors linger on for a while. Great wine for burgers and BBQ.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2019 | Send Email
This is truly this week's deal-of-the-century and it comes in the form of a value Shiraz from Barossa. The complexity and expressive quality of this Barossa put others at thrice the price to shame! On the nose, black pepper, currants, smoke, roses, licorice and a touch of cocoa. The texture is filled out and plush with ripe tannins and the structure is completed to perfection with livening acidity. The finish is so long! I wouldn't hesitate to jump on this deal, it's going to go quick.

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- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.

South Australia

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Barossa Valley