Kalleske Clarry’s GSM 2020
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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 Kallese 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.
“Kalleske … they emerged a few years ago as one of the most exciting of all the regions new wine producers. The wines are simply superb. 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; the wines display expectional quality and unique personality, across all price points; and the vineyards are farmed in a truly sustainable way.“ Max Allen, The Future Makers
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 is 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.
Clarry’s is named in honour of Tony and Troy Kalleske’s, Grandfather, Clarence “Clarry” Kalleske, who farmed the Kalleske vineyards from the late 1920s until his retirement in the 1990s. Clarry was the fourth generation member to tend the vines on the Kalleske family farm, established by his great grandparents who migrated from Prussia to South Australia in 1838 aboard the Prince George. Many years were spent by Clarry pruning, handpicking and nurturing the Kalleske vineyards.
2020 has delivered wines of amazing quality. However, quantity is very limited, with it being one of the lowest grape yields ever in the Barossa at around 50% of average. Quality is of the highest echelon with rich colours and intense robust flavours.
The 2020 Clarry’s is a blend of Grenache (39%), Shiraz (38%) and Mataro (23%), with grapes from over a dozen blocks, each with their diversity of soil type and vine age ensuring ultimate complexity in this blend. The oldest Grenache block dates to 1940 with remaining vines varying in age up to fifty years old. Vines are low yielding with soil generally consisting of shallow, sandy loam over superb deep red clay and limestone, providing ideal conditions for these varieties.
To preserve the superb fresh fruit flavours of the Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro, wines were only aged in very old oak hogsheads and only for a limited time of five months. On completion of maturation, components were blended for balanced flavour, texture and complexity.
2020 Clarry’s GSM is bright purple-red in colour. Dazzling aromatics bound from the glass. Bright rose perfume is at the fore along with fresh raspberries, clove spice, musk and blueberries. The palate is bright and juicy. Medium to full bodied, it is bountiful with vivid red and blue fruits. It’s plush and rounded with seamless fine tannins adding texture and structure. Succinct barrel maturation adds complexity whilst securing the fruit purity. A sherbet-esque character on the lengthy finish completes a beautifully formed wine. Clarry’s is an approachable, fruit-driven and opulent GSM that is best enjoyed now or over the next five years.
Newly released … reviews for 2019 .. 91 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front “One thing I like about Kalleske is a) the distinctive-but-not-over-the-top packaging and b) that the distinctive packaging extends to the $23 wines. It’s fresh. Of course it is. It’s red berried, clovey, spicy, floral, tipped with anise. It rushes flavour at you and then washes refreshingly through the finish. It’s positively unadorned; it’s made and presented exactly as you’d hope.”
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Australia, Barossa Valley
Grenache and Blends
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