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. The 2006 vintage release is Nashwauk’s market debut. Nashwauk wines are made in small quantities (volumes outlined on wine labels) and the brand will probably peak at about 5000 dozen a year.
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. She had set sail from Liverpool with 300 Irish immigrants on board who had the good fortune to survive the wreck. Ships in St Vincent’s Gulf often used lights from houses in the Mount Lofty ranges to navigate by, said winemaker Reid Bosward. “On the corner of the property there’s an old stone ruin which was once used as a shipping landmark. They used the lights they could see on shore and this house was used as a marker, he said.
“The only problem with Nashwauk is that the captain thought he was in Semaphore not Moana where he ran aground.”
The label design for NASHWAUK reflects the image of the ship.