Kalleske Wines Barossa Valley
This is a relatively new Barossa enterprise but with a deep heritage of grape growing near Greenock. Troy Kalleske working with his brother Tony only made the first wines in 2004 (previously the grapes were sold to the likes of Penfolds) but has already made a huge impact with the quality of the wines. Certified organic, the nearly 50 ha of vineyard which is still worked by their father, John, has a high average vine age (over 50 years old). While Shiraz and Grenache dominate there is also a sprinkling of other varieties including Mourvèdre and even Tempranillo and Zinfandel. Already remarkably impressive is the Greenock Shiraz which is fermented in open-top fermenters and basket pressed prior to ageing in a combination of new French and American oak. Concentrated, elegant and old viney it exhibits fabulous style without being the least bit heavy. It is very reasonably priced for the quality. Also made is a tiny amount of Johann Georg Shiraz from vines the first of which were planted in 1875, an Old Vine Grenache which have not yet been tasted, Eduard Shiraz, Moppa Shiraz, all single vineyard wines. Clarry’s is a moderately priced Grenache-based blend topped up with Shiraz (20%) which has splendid purity and expression. Other wines include Florentine Chenin Blanc and Rosina Rosé which will be added with further tastings. Finally, Pirathon is a Shiraz made from prime growers’ fruit, all sourced from the North West of the Barossa, which the Kalleskes rate most highly.
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