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Kalleske Greenock Shiraz 2014

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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750ML / 14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Greenock Shiraz 2014 is opaque purple-black in color. Very aromatic and inviting, the bouquet displays a complexity of characters including ripe black plum, licorice, toast, baked herbs cocoa and cassis. The rich, full-bodied palate shows immense concentration with plenty of energy. Dark fruits dominate with toasty oak in support. The natural tannins are lightly grippy but very fine adding structure to support the powerful fruit. With layers of complexity this is a very pure but sophisticated wine of great equilibrium that is completed by a solid lingering finish. Greenock is a complex Barossa Shiraz that has a long cellaring future.

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WW 94
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
The 2014 Kalleske Greenock appears to be robust yet stylish showing tremendous richness from start to finish and never going beyond the range of its proper balance. This wine offering plenty of black fruits, sweet earth, and dark savory herbs present a case that Shirazes can be more than just powerful—they can be elegant. The concentrated flavors and long finish make it an exceptional candidate with aged parmesan or gouda. Drinks quite well now. (Tasted: August 29, 2016, San Francisco, CA)
WS 93
Wine Spectator
Spicy and distinctive, with rich notes of sandalwood, cinnamon bark, dark chocolate, wild berry, black cherry and sarsaparilla. The tannins are supple and velvety, the finish expressive and generous. Drink now through 2030.
RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Shiraz Greenock has a serious, rather broody nose with hints of black earth, chargrill and garrigue intermixed with blackberries, black cherries and mulberries plus a hint of Bovril. The full-bodied palate is taut and youthful still with a firm backbone of chewy tannins supporting the muscular, earthy fruit, finishing long with savory / mineral notes. It really needs another 3-4 years to open out and enjoy it over the next 10-12 years. Rating: 93(+) Points
W&S 91
Wine & Spirits
The Kalleske family planted this vineyard with cuttings from the original vines planted in the late 1800s on Greenock Creek in northern Barossa. The vines grow in sandy loam over deep red clay and limestone, restraining the ripe Barossa power of this shiraz. It’s bullish and strong, but not overbearing, with gruff black fruit and notes of mace coming together in a wine with brash charm, a match for long-braised short ribs.
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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 grapegrowing 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, 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.

The vineyard is managed by Troy's father, fifth generation grapegrower, John Kalleske, who has over forty years experience tending the vineyard. The 100 acre vineyard is planted to Shiraz, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon and Chenin Blanc. 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 and all grapes are grown organically.

There are five wines in the Kalleske range. Clarry’s Barossa White is a blend of Semillon and Chenin Blanc and its partner Clarry’s Barossa Red is a Grenache Shiraz blend. 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.

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.

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Historically and presently the most important wine-producing region of Australia, the Barossa Valley is set in South Australia, where more than half of the country’s wine is made. Because the climate is very hot and dry, vineyard managers work diligently to ensure grapes reach the perfect levels of phenolic ripeness.

The intense heat is ideal for plush, bold reds, particularly Shiraz on its own or Rhône Blends featuring Shiraz, Grenache, and Mourvèdre. Often Shiraz and Cabernet partner up for plump and powerful reds. While much less prevalent, light-skinned varieties such as Riesling, Viognier or Semillon produce vibrant Barossa Valley whites.

Most of Australia’s largest wine producers are based here and Shiraz plantings date back as far as the 1850s or before. Many of them are dry farmed and bush trained, still offering less than one ton per acre of inky, intense, purple juice.

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Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah makes an intense, powerful and often age-worthy red. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah achieves its maximum potential in the steep village of Hermitage and plays an important component in the Red Blends of Southern Rhône, adding color and structure to Grenache and Mourvèdre. Syrah is the most widely planted grape of Australia and is important in California and Washington. Sommelier Secret—Such a synergy these three create together, the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre trio often takes on the shorthand term, “GSM.”

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