2019 Kalleske Greenock Shiraz - No Front Label
Kalleske’s Greenock Shiraz is a single vineyard wine produced from low yielding vines on the Kalleske estate at Greenock, in the North-Western Barossa Valley. Cuttings for these vines originate from a vineyard planted on the property in the late 1800s. 2019 was a warm and extremely dry growing season with rainfall down significantly (39%), making it one of the driest years in the past century. Smaller berry and bunch sizes meant yields were down, however, the quality was brilliant producing richly flavoured, intense wines.
Certified organic the wine was matured in a mixture of new (35%) and seasoned French and American oak barrels. Impenetrable inky black core displaying tremendous colour saturation and a deep black dark red hue. Intoxicating aromatics of black cherry, liquorice, blackberry and dark plum flood the nostrils with notions of smoky vanillin cedar, dark chocolate, fennel and pepper ensuing. Rich, powerful and very concentrated, opulent blackberry, black cherry and liquorice fruits are backed by dense muscular tannins, which are more obvious than last years vintage, and firm up the finish giving it some grip. Dark plum, vanillin oak, light fennel and pepper elements sit underneath. Despite its overwhelming intensity and relative decadence there’s an underlying vitality and freshness to the wine. Concludes very long and slightly chewy.
Cellar 6-8 years.