Barossa Stallwarts, Head to McLaren Vale
Nashwauk is owned and managed by Kaesler Wines, Barossa Valley. Stephen Dew and Reid Bosward are the winemakers.
Kaesler’s first wine made outside its Barossa Valley home maintains its winemakers’ criteria using estate grown fruit of predominantly old vine plantings.
The search to find the right vineyard took some time before a 20 ha property on Neill Road in McLaren Vale, Seaview sub region was bought in 2005.
Creating a name for the McLaren Vale brand took time. After months of deliberation, inspiration was drawn from the undulating hills and magnificent view down the Fleurieu Peninsula where the cool waters of the Gulf of St Vincent wash the white sandy beaches. Nashwauk is the name of a cargo and migrant ship, built in Nova Scotia, which met an early grave in the waters off the Fleurieu, near Moana Beach, in 1855.
The Nashwauk Cabernet was planted in 1971 and is south facing, contour planted. This block was hand picked.
The close proximity of the Nashwauk vineyard to the Gulf of St Vincent and the resultant cooling afternoon sea breezes means this Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys relatively even ripening conditions and facilitates the development of optimum levels of flavour, colour and tannin.
Fruit was crushed and fermented cool to retain its perfume for 10 days in open stainless steel fermenters and plunged 3 times per day. The wine was matured in 80% new French oak with the balance in 2 & 3 year old French oak for 18 months
This has resulted in a heady amalgam of raspberry, blackberry with a distinctive tendril of cabernet leafiness.Fine tannins leads you though the palate with a pristine taste of cherry & cassis to finish the taste.