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 viticulturalists, 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.
"Kalleske...they emerged a few years ago as one of the most exciting of all the regions new wine producers. The wine 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 exceptional quality and unique personality, across all price points; and the vineyards are farmed in a truly sustainable way.”
, The Future Makers.
2016 KALLESKE JOHANN GEORG SHIRAZ
Johann Georg Shiraz is a single vineyard wine produced from an ancient vineyard on our Kalleske estate at Greenock, in the North-Western Barossa Valley. The vineyard was planted in 1875 and the gnarly, dry-grown vines produce extremely low yields. As this wine is from the oldest vineyard on our Kalleske farm, it is a fitting tribute to name the wine in honour of the first Kalleske to migrate to Australia. Johann Georg Kalleske migrated from Prussia to South Australia in 1838 aboard the Prince George. Johann’s descendants now meticulously tend the Johann Georg vineyard planted two centuries ago. An amazing wine, produced in tiny quantities and destined for long term cellaring, Johann Georg Shiraz is truly something special.
This vineyard was planted in 1875 and produces very low yields of around one tonne per acre from old, gnarly, dry grown vines. The top soil is sandy with excellent clay subsoil.
The old Shiraz vines were hand picked on April 8th and the grapes gently destemmed into a small open top fermenter. The grapes were fermented for eight days on skins where hand pumpovers were employed twice daily. The must was basket pressed and immediately filled to new and seasoned French & American oak hogsheads. The wine was matured in hogsheads for two years prior to bottling. Johann Georg Shiraz is bottled unfined and unfiltered.
2016 Johann Georg Shiraz is deep magenta in colour. On the nose there are lifted aromatics of spice, cedar, inviting red fruits, pepper, cinnamon, clove, roast meats, rose perfume, dried herbs, blueberry and nutmeg. The palate is full-flavoured and well balanced with red fruits and spice complimented by subtle background oak. The wine is elegant in weight but still powerful with flavour drive and purity. Savoury flavours of cured meats, a hallmark of Barossa old vine Shiraz, add further complexity and interest. Tannins are fine and lightly grippy adding seamless structure. A lengthy finish completes this distinguished wine. Johann is a superb old vine Barossa Shiraz that whilst drinks well upon release will ultimately benefit from a decade or more in the cellar.
James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2013