The Kalleske family have been farming and growing grapes on the same property since 1853 near the village of Greenock. From seven generations of Barossa viticulturists, Troy and Tony Kalleske have formed their eponymous wine brand. All the fruit is sourced from their certified organic and biodynamic, low yielding and sustainable vineyards. Kalleske wines are handcrafted using traditional winemaking techniques-small batches, open fermenters, wild yeast and basket pressing. With some of the vines more than 135 years old, Kalleske wines are pure expressions of the dry grown vineyards and the sub region of Greenock. Their wines have a true ‘sense of place’ allowing the vineyard sites to shine through.
Clarry's is a blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro with old vine Grenache from the 1940s and 1960s. The wine is fermented in open-top fermenters and basket pressed. To preserve the superb fresh fruit flavours of the wine, it was only aged in very old oak hogsheads and only for a limited time of one year. Clarry's is soft and fruit-driven with flavours of raspberry, perfume, clove and spice. It is mouthwatering with a muscular structure and great length.
Separately open-fermented, each variety pressed after 7-14 days to 'old' hogsheads for 4 months before blending. This is an impressive wine given its price point. There's ample depth to the red, blue, purple and small black fruit flavours that are the sole drivers of the wine. Good each-way bet, too. Drink by: 2021; Price: $21.00; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 91 Points; Special Value Star; Top 100 Wines 2016; James Halliday
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