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2018 Kalleske Eduard Shiraz

$90.00

In 1838 Karl Heinrich ‘Eduard’ Kalleske and his three siblings together with their parents Johann Georg and Johanne Dorothea migrated from Prussia. They landed in the newly established colony of South Australia and in 1853 they settled at Greenock in the North-Western Barossa Valley and established our Kalleske farm. Eduard and his wife Anna ‘Rosina’ worked the Kalleske vineyard until the 1880s when their son took over the reins. Today six generations later those old vines are still prospering, thanks to the foresight and hard work of our ancestors. We dedicate this wine to Eduard which is from a selection of old vine Shiraz vineyards planted on our Kalleske property between 1905 to 1971. Hand winemaking and two years maturation has resulted in a stunning old vine wine destined for long term cellaring.

 

Growing Season

 

The 2018 vintage was superb.  Winter was slightly wetter than average getting the vines off to a brilliant start leading them into Spring which was warmer and drier than average.  Rain in early December refreshed the vines and ensured they remained strong and healthy for the overall dry and hot Summer.  Autumn also remained dry with perfect Autumnal temperatures leading into harvest.  The 2018 yields are good and the quality is excellent, a classic Barossa vintage.

 

Vineyard

 

Eduard is sourced from three vineyard blocks on the Kalleske property that were planted between 1905 and 1973,  Vines are dry grown and produce low yields.  The soil is sandy loam with excellent clay subsoil.

 

Winemaking

 

The old Shiraz vines were harvested between March 28th and April 2nd and the grapes destemmed into small open top fermenters.  The grapes were fermented for 10-14 days on skins where hand pumpovers were employed twice daily.  The must was traditionally pressed and immediately filled to new and seasoned French & American oak hogsheads where it completed fermentation.  The wine was matured for two years prior to bottling.

 

Tasting Notes

  Eduard Shiraz 2018 is dark purple black in colour.   The aroma evokes a powerful wine ahead.  Along with ripe plum, fruit cake and blackberry is cinnamon spice, clove and violet florals.  It continually evolves with a new aroma elicited upon every sniff.  On the palate the wine is full-bodied exuding rich flavours of old vine Barossa Shiraz.  There are ripe black fruits and licorice with complexity from classy oak maturation.  The tannins are robust adding structure whilst being perfectly integrated.  A dense wine that is completed by an almost boundless finish.  This venerable old vine Shiraz can be enjoyed now but will cellar for a decade or more.

2019 Kalleske Greenock Shiraz

$45.00

Greenock Shiraz is a single vineyard wine produced from low yielding Shiraz vines on the Kalleske estate at Greenock, in the North-Western Barossa Valley.  Cuttings for these vines originate from a vineyard planted on the property in the late 1800s.  Today, sixth and seventh generation family members meticulously tend the vines.  Traditional winemaking and maturation in American and French oak hogsheads has ensured a complex, full-bodied Shiraz which will reward long term cellaring.  Greenock Shiraz is a true family estate wine – grown, vintaged and matured on the Kalleske estate.

 

Growing Season

 

Quality from 2019 is stunning.  It was a warm and extremely dry growing season with rainfall down significantly (39%), making it one of the driest years in the past century.  Summer was 3 degrees warmer than average.  Yields were impacted by the dry season, leading to smaller berries and bunches.  Importantly quality is brilliant producing richly flavoured, intense wines.

 

Vineyard

 

Kalleske Greenock Shiraz is sourced from a single vineyard, located on the Western edge of the Greenock Creek in the Northern Barossa Valley.  The vineyard consists of shallow, sandy loam soil over superb deep red clay and limestone, providing ideal conditions for Shiraz vines.

 

Winemaking

 

The single vineyard “Greenock” block of grapes was harvested on February 28th.  After picking, the grapes were destemmed into open top fermenters.  They were fermented warm with hand pump-overs twice a day for 12 days on skins prior to pressing.  After pressing off skins the wine was filled to a mix of 35% new and the balance used American and French oak hogsheads.  The wine completed primary fermentation and underwent natural malolactic fermentation in barrel.  The wine was matured in barrel for fifteen months prior to bottling.

 

Tasting Notes

  Greenock Shiraz 2019 is thick purple-black in colour.   The aroma promptly evokes an extensive wine awaits with a complex of black plum, cocoa, floral perfume, toasty oak, clove spice and dark fruit cake. The palate is full-bodied to the utmost.  Immense with flavour and concentration.  It is rich and powerful with ripe black fruits dominating throughout.  Evident oak adds a further layer, tucked in behind the solid fruit.  Tannins are obvious, their dryness counter-balancing the opulent fruit richness, but being natural they’re perfectly integrated adding a muscular structure.  This is a fully harmonious, smart and pure wine that’s completed with an almost boundless finish.  Greenock is a complex, refined and classy Barossa Shiraz that has a long cellaring future

2019 Kalleske Merchant Cabernet Sauvignon

$30.00
In 1838, merchant and miller, Johann Georg Kalleske migrated from Prussia, establishing a new life in South Australia.  Today, seven generations later, descendant and fellow merchant and miller, Kym John Kalleske, farms our diverse Kalleske property established at Greenock in the North-Western Barossa in 1853.  Continuing the family tradition, Kym is a miller of hay and a merchant of chaff, lamb and grapes.    This Merchant Cabernet Sauvignon is a single vineyard wine that’s been hand pruned and harvested by Kym.  Traditional winemaking and maturation in new and seasoned French oak hogsheads has ensured a full-bodied varietal Cabernet Sauvignon displaying classic structure and richness typical of the Kalleske vineyard.  

Growing Season

  The 2018 vintage was superb.  Winter was slightly wetter than average getting the vines off to a brilliant start leading them into Spring which was warmer and drier than average.  Rain in early December refreshed the vines and ensured they remained strong and healthy for the overall dry and hot Summer.  Autumn also remained dry with perfect Autumnal temperatures leading into harvest.  The 2018 yields are good and the quality is excellent, a classic Barossa vintage.

2019 Kalleske Moppa Shiraz

$30.00
In 1853 our Kalleske farm and vineyard was established at Moppa, a small sub-district of Greenock in the Barossa’s North-West.  The Moppa district was a flourishing settlement of pioneering farming families and gold miners.  There were few schools in the region, so local parents established the Moppa Public School in 1873 to give their children a formal education.  Located on our Kalleske property, generations of the Kalleske family attended this school until its closure in 1935.  Sourced entirely from our Kalleske Moppa vineyard, a trace of Petit Verdot and Viognier has been added to this Shiraz giving it a contemporary edge.  This is a genuine hand made wine that’s been grown, vintaged and matured on our Kalleske estate at Greenock in the North-Western Barossa.

2019 Kalleske Old Vine Grenache

$50.00

Kalleske Old Vine Grenache is made from a low yielding, single vineyard planted in 1935 on our Kalleske estate. Situated on the outskirts of Greenock in the North-Western Barossa Valley, the Kalleske’s have been farming this property for over 150 years and the vineyard is now tended by sixth and seventh generation family members.  Following picking these dry-grown Grenache grapes were fermented in open fermenters and then gently pressed in our estate winery. The wine was matured in seasoned oak hogsheads giving a complex Grenache wine, which will benefit from cellaring.

 

Growing Season

 

Quality from 2019 is stunning.  It was a warm and extremely dry growing season with rainfall down significantly (39%), making it one of the driest years in the past century.  Summer was 3 degrees warmer than average.  Yields were impacted by the dry season, leading to smaller berries and bunches.  Importantly quality is brilliant producing richly flavoured, intense wines.

 

Vineyard

 

Old Vine Grenache is made from a single vineyard planted in 1935 as bush vines on the Kalleske farm.  The vineyard soil is shallow sand with light clay subsoil and the grapes are entirely dry-grown ensuring intensely flavoured fruit.

 

Winemaking

 

Following hand picking on April 8th, grapes were destemmed into an open-top fermenter.  The must was fermented using native yeast and the skins were entirely submerged for gentle flavour and colour extraction for the 8 day fermentation.  The must was then traditionally pressed and filled to barrel.  The wine was matured in seasoned American and French oak hogsheads for fifteen months prior to bottling.

 

Tasting Notes

  2019 Old Vine Grenache is dark purple in colour.   The aromatics are incredible, so dynamic, ever engaging.  There’s characters of musk, raspberry, lavender, violet and sarsaparilla.   The palate is rich and full-bodied with deep varietal flavours of juicy black cherry and clove with bountiful soft tannins giving a layered structure.  A hallmark of immense fruit purity showcases the strength of its varietal, regional and old vine origin.  The wine is constantly evolving and a further stratum is evident from seasoned barrel maturation.  A very lengthy finish is a fitting completion to this smooth and generous wine.  This distinguished Grenache drinks well now but is ideally suited for serious cellaring.