Vintage 2012 First Barrels Filled

Our Florentine Chenin Blanc was harvested and the grapes pressed yesterday. Following 24 hours of settling a portion of juice was filled to barrels today where it will undergo wild yeast fermentation and then mature in barrel for a few months before bottling. The juice is looking smart with good natural acidity and excellent flavours, so stay tuned for the 2012 Florentine release later this year as it should be a cracker.

Vintage Sunrise

It's a beautiful vintage morning as the sun rises over the Moppa hills lighting up the Kalleske vineyard and winery.

From grapes to wine

Following our first day of crushing yesterday, the grapes are beginning their journey from juice to wine as the native vineyard yeast ferment the grape sugars into alcohol. Pictured is some Moppa Shiraz being pumped over.

First Day of Vintage 2012

We have just had the first day of vintage 2012 here at Kalleske, where we picked Shiraz grapes from our 1995 'Filter' vineyard, which will end up in our 2012 Kalleske Moppa Shiraz. More news soon as vintage progresses.

JMK Shiraz VP - 6,000 feet above

We will never tire of hearing people enjoy our wine, so we were very happy to receive an email showing a couple of our supporters ‘Harry & Rolf’ enjoying a bottle of our Kalleske JMK Shiraz VP 6,000 feet above on the top of Männdli Mountain in the Kanton Obwalden, Switzerland.

Nice work guys.

Vintage 2012 about to begin

Vintage 2012 is now only a few days away. Kym and Hamish have been busy assessing the vineyards for optimum maturity. Here they are in the Filter block destined for Moppa Shiraz.

Top Dollar for Kalleske Shiraz Worth Every Cent

It was a real delight to read an article (included below) written by Mike Burnett in the Launceston Examiner today.

Top dollar for Kalleske shiraz worth every cent
Approaching a wine worth three figures could be likened to watching a batsman as they move towards 100. For most people there is a little anticipation and the worry that the wine, like a batsman, might fall short of the mark. Although these days there are plenty of Australian wines worth more than $100, it is still a big decision for most wine buyers.

While wines lower down the price scale can be more easily weighed up for value, it is far more difficult to attach that term to a wine of $100 or more. That judgment can only be made by the individual. What can be looked at is the wine's quality and pedigree.

In that area the 2009 Kalleske Johann Georg Shiraz, which weighs in at a retail price of about $100, makes the cut. There is no question this is a very classy wine from the internationally recognised shiraz region, South Australia's Barossa Valley.

As for the pedigree side, the Kalleske family has been involved in the production of wine for nearly 160 years. Although it has only been involved in the winemaking side of the operation for a decade, the family's fruit made its way into various vintages of Australia's benchmark Penfolds Grange.

The Kalleske label has been one of the emerging stars of Australian wine and the Johann Georg Shiraz shines brightly at the top of an impressive line-up of wines. The wine comes from the vineyard of the same name, which has vines dating back to 1875. After hand picking, the wine was given two years in French and American oak before bottling. The dark purple to black colour reflects the red and black fruits that emerge on the nose through to the palate. The same path is taken by cedar and spice. The wine is full and complex, with fine but firm integrated tannins that promise to soften further with time in the cellar.

To keep the cricket analogy rolling, Kalleske also has some solid contributors down the order. The Australian organically certified producer has also released its 2009 Eduard Shiraz ($85), 2009 Old Vine Grenache ($45), 2010 Greenock Shiraz ($38) and 2010 Dodger Tempranillo.

The Eduard comes from vines planted between 1905 and 1960, and more than likely would have tasters who would favour it over the Johann Georg. It probably does not have the broad flavours of the higher-price wine, but that does not make it any less attractive with its plum and berry fruit having concentrated power.

In the Old Vine Grenache and the Dodger Tempranillo, Kalleske offers an excellent mix of the old and new. Grenache is a great old Barossa variety that is wonderful with many Asian dishes, while tempranillo is an in variety in Europe and is growing in popularity in this country.

In many company ranges, the Greenock Shiraz would be the top wine.

That illustrates how powerful this line-up is”.

Mike Burnett,
Launceston Examiner, 

Vintage 2012 Almost Here

The other day as we settled into a long lunch out at the winery, I took the opportunity to take a good look around the vineyards on the Kalleske Estate.

The weather has been good in the lead up to vintage 2012 and all the grapes are looking great as we prepare to start another vintage in the next couple of weeks.

 Keep an eye on the blog for a regular run down on Vintage 2012.

Eduard Shiraz Vine 2012