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2005 Kalleske Johann Georg Old Vines Shiraz
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The 2005 Shiraz “Johann Georg” raises the stakes to a new level. It is sourced from vines planted in 1875 and yielding a tiny 1.5 tons per acre. It spent 2 years in American and French hogsheads, two-thirds new. It is more complex aromatically with a splendid bouquet of toast, smoke, creosote, violets, black cherry, and blackberry. Full-bodied, big and rich, but still relatively ungiving, it has remarkable concentration, purity, and length. It needs 6-8 years of further bottle age to begin revealing its full potential and will drink well through 2035 if not longer.
Troy Kalleske is owner/winemaker of his namesake winery. The family owns 400 acres, 200 cultivated, in the acclaimed Greenock region of Barossa where conditions are extreme and the vines are stressed. Much of their holdings are in older vines.
Jay Miller - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Despite the alcohol, only medium-bodied; has that 100+-year-old vine stamp; deceptively moderate weight, yet a great array of licorice, blackberry and black cherry fruit; harmonious oak. Vines planted 1875.
Drink by 2025
95 points James Halliday - Australian Wine Companion