Growing Season: A warm, wet Spring was followed by a dry Summer that began hot but was followed by a cool January allowing slow ripening for optimum colour and flavour development. Summer finished warm and then perfect vintage conditions ensued with a dry, mild Autumn with sunny days and cool nights. A solid vintage with good flavour.
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 grapes were picked in 5 separate batches over a period of 15 days, from March 6th to March 20th. All grapes come from the same individual vineyard, the “Greenock” block. After picking, the grapes were destemmed into open top fermenters. Each batch was fermented warm with hand pump-overs twice a day over 7 to 9 days prior to pressing. Ferments were pressed off skins at 1.0 to 2.0 baume and were then filled to a mix of 20% new and the balance used American and French oak hogsheads. The wines completed primary fermentation and underwent natural malolactic fermentation in barrel. The wine was matured in barrel for 18 months prior to bottling.
Tasting Notes: The wine is rich red-purple in colour. On the nose there are aromas of ripe black berry fruits, dark chocolate, licorice, fruit cake, plum, some nutmeg and cinnamon spice and a hint of black olive. These flavours continue to the explosive and mouthfilling palate, which is big, concentrated and displays plenty of juicy fruit with a subtle background of barrel maturation characters. The wine is full bodied and multi-layered with solid ripe, but elegant, tannins giving it a strong backbone and a long chewy finish. Rich and flavoursome, this well balanced wine has excellent cellaring potential.