The Kalleske’s are one of the region’s leading grapegrowing families, providing world class Shiraz fruit for Penfolds Grange over many vintages, consistently growing some of the Barossa’s best quality grapes. After five generations of growing grapes, winemaker and sixth generation family member Troy Kalleske established the Kalleske winery and created the Kalleske label. The winery is situated on the family estate where open top fermenters, basket press and barrel store ensure the vineyard realises its full potential as wine.
About 2003 Kalleske Shiraz Greenock Syrah
About the Winery Kalleske
In South Australia’s Barossa Valley, the Kalleske family have been farming and growing grapes since the 1800s near the village of Greenock. They are one of the regions leading grape-growing families consistently growing some of the Barossa’s best quality grapes. After five generations of growing grapes, winemaker and sixth generation family member, Troy Kalleske, together with his brother Tony, established the Kalleske winery and created the Kalleske label.
The winery is situated on the family estate where open top fermenters, basket press and barrel store ensure the vineyard realizes its full potential as wine. The vineyard is managed by Troy’s father, fifth generation grape-grower, John Kalleske, who has over forty years experience tending the vineyard. The 120 acre vineyard is planted to Shiraz, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon, Chenin Blanc, Mataro, Petit Verdot and Durif. Vines vary in age with the oldest vineyard dating back to 1875 and an overall average vine age of about 50 years.
The vineyard is low yielding with all grapes grown organically and the winery is certified organic. There are seven wines in the Kalleske range. Lorraine Late Harvest Semillon is a luscious dessert wine. Clarry’s Barossa White is a blend of Semillon and Chenin Blanc and its red partner, Clarry’s Grenache & Shiraz is a blend of vineyards dating back to the 1940s. The Greenock Shiraz is a single vineyard wine, made from a superb Shiraz block on the Western edge of the Greenock Creek.
The Old Vine Grenache is from a small dry-grown vineyard planted as bush vines on the Kalleske farm in 1935 and the Johann Georg Shiraz is made from a dry-grown vineyard planted on the farm in 1875. The range is completed with a sublime liqueur wine, JMK Shiraz VP. All wines are estate grown and vinified with minimalistic winemaking techniques used to fully capture the essence of the vineyard allowing genuine hand made estate wines to be produced.
96-100 points, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate – October 2004
A barrel sample of the 2003 Shiraz Greenock appears to be a virtually perfect wine. If it makes it into the bottle with minimal clarification, it will be one of the leading candidates for Barossa’s “Shiraz of the Vintage” in 2003.
Wine Spectator – January 2005
Dense, chewy style has firm tannins around a core of ripe blackberry and cherry, shaded with cedar and pepper as the finish persists. Best after 2007. 300 cases imported. (HS)
Gary Collins, ‘A Series of Mini Verticles’ – www.garycollins.com.au Tues. 30th October 2007
2003 Kalleske Greenock Shiraz… 96/100. Red red purple. This bottle offered more development than I have seen in this wine previously. The bouquet again offers an amazing array of spices leading with cinnamon, roasted meats, earth, dark plum and some vanilla. The succulent palate is very rich and concentrated, but so drinkable already. An array of flavours from meat, spice, earth, black fruits, mocha, vanilla and subtle toasty oak. Finishes very long. Such a beautiful wine to drink already but will hold a long time, such is its balance.
James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, 2008 Edition
Kalleske – 5 star winery – “outstanding winery capable of producing wines of very high quality”.
James Halliday, Winepros, August 2003
The quality and density of the yet-to-be-bottled 2002 and 2003 wines is awesome, directly reflecting the old vines and open fermentation techniques employed. Very definitely a winery to watch as its production increases to 4000 cases in 2004 and beyond.”
eNewsletter, Heritage Fine Wines, December 2003
“Hot Brand 2003 Kalleske”. Hot Brands represent 10 of the most exciting quality wine producers in Australia today… Kalleske’s Shiraz is in the Grange mould, dense, concentrated and destined for long life.”