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Friday, 6 January 2012

Kaesler Alte Reben Mataro 2008

Alte Reben is German for Old Vine and this Mataro is sourced from the Kaesler Estate off of vines planted in the 1930s - I admire that sense of optimism at a time of the Great Depression.

This is the first straight Mataro that Kaesler has produced.  Their Mataro is normally reserved for the Avignon GSM.  However in 2008 it looked so good that a parcel was kept separately in one year old French oak for fifteen months.

The resultant wine bears the hallmarks of good old vine Mataro: damp earth, coffee grounds, cherry liquer and some chocolate-hazelnut oak.

In the mouth, it's a rather thick, dense, unctuous wine.  A sleek, glycerol mouth-feel with blackcurrant and dried fruit notes before a smooth wave carries through to a finish laden with licorice, black fruits and generous spice.  This needs to be served at the correct temperature, else that big 16% alcohol does assault the senses somewhat.  92 - Very Good

Source: A birthday gift from some most wonderful friends.
Price: $85
Closure: Cork

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