“Kalleske is a model for the future of the Barossa: there is a deep respect for the seven generations of history, but it is combined with a willingness to try new things” - Max Allen, "The Future Makers"
From last week’s organic and biodynamic vineyard in McLaren Vale, we head up the highway to another incredible organic and biodynamic property in the Barossa Valley, at Kalleske. We also head back in time, to the brilliant 2010 vintage. (Langton’s rate 2010 as the only 10/10 vintage for Barossa Shiraz since 1998).
You may also remember about 12 months ago we offered the 2012 Greenock Shiraz from the Kalleske family who have been farming in the Barossa for seven generations. We have now gone back to the winery, a sleeping giant from the Barossa, and sourced 36 bottles of the 2010 vintage direct from their cellar. There was a lot of positive feedback on the 2012, and the wine looked brilliant. The best vintages in Barossa Valley since the turn of the century have been 2006, 2010 and 2012, so you can count on this being in great nick and in a perfect drinking window for this iso-life and this bitterly cold winter.
The wine is made by Troy Kalleske, who is the 7th generation in a long line to Kalleske’s that have been farming their patch of mixed agriculture in the northern Barossa sub-region of Greenock since 1853. Over this time, the Kalleske name has become synonymous with quality grape-growing, pioneering organic and biodynamic viticulture in the Barossa region. They were also one of the longest standing and most consistent suppliers of Shiraz grapes to Penfolds for their Grange release.
This was until the early 2000’s when Troy said to his old man John that he wanted to start making the wines and for his dad to stop all contracts with companies like Penfolds. Word has it that Penfolds upped their price offer considerably, though John, encouraged by Troy’s desire to release wines from the family farm, under the family name, decided to start selling the grapes to Troy instead. The rest is history, Kalleske wines was born, and now every vineyard on the Kalleske farm goes in to Kalleske label.
Greenock is the northern sub-region of Barossa, and home to many of Barossa’s iconic wineries such sa Torbreck, Greenock Creek, Two Hands and Elderton. Kalleske, however is a favourite, as they achieve an effortless balance whilst providing a rich, full bodied wine. You experience the richness and power of dark fruits, black chocolate, leather and tobacco, but that are balanced with warm earth and savoury tones, supporting (not over-powering) oak, and an honest structure. The Greenock Shiraz is from a single vineyard, with loamy soils, clay and limestone, which provides Shiraz with some slightly thicker skins and stronger mouthfeel.
Whilst the 2012 will go for at least another 8 years, we recommend drinking the 2010 over the next 5. The vintage, whilst rated higher by most, has a bit more restraint, and has aged with elegance over power. Decant the wine off its sediment at least 30 minutes before serving. It’s a versatile food wine. Enjoy it with slow cooked meats, Italian braises and dry aged beef with mushroom or pepper sauces.
There are only 36 bottles and once it is out the orders will close. We hope you enjoy this cellar release.
Tom and Dan