Kaesler 2016 The Bogan, $55
I fell head over heels in love with this wine when I tasted it with wagyu beef at a superb Japanese degustation at Rydges’ Bacchus restaurant. A ripper of a Shiraz, it is a big, full-bodied red yet silky smooth and seductive with gorgeous chocolate and spice notes. The Barossa Valley has some of the world’s oldest grapevines in the world – a wonderful resource for winemakers. The fruit for The Bogan comes from vines that are around 120 years old which makes it very special indeed. After tasting this beautiful wine, I learnt that it had won the 2018 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge, an accolade that appears very well deserved.