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Halliday Wine Companion 2021

2017 Johann Georg Shiraz
98 Points + Best of Varietal | Shiraz
This wine sits unchallenged at the head of the Kalleske shiraz tree. The grapes were treated with the care and attention they deserved in a small open fermenter for 12 days using a heading down screen that submerged the cap, pressed to French hogsheads (new and used) for 2 years. It’s got a juicy, supple mouthfeel with an unexpected lightness and finesse.

2017 Eduard Shiraz
97 Points + Best of Varietal | Shiraz
The vines in question were 46-112yo in ’17 from three vineyards. Open-fermented 8-14 days with twice-daily pumpovers, pressed to new and used French and American hogsheads for 2 years maturation. Like all the Kalleske wines, deep magenta. The flavours hit at high speed, blackberry, plum, licorice and dark chocolate immediately establishing themselves in all corners of the mouth. Despite this naked power, the wine is so well balanced and so long it’s a pleasure to drink.

2018 Moppa Shiraz
95 Points
The rich, intertwined story of the Kalleske family dates back to 1853. The school opened in 1935 on what is now the Kalleske Vineyard, having educated several generations of the family. The wine is medium to full-bodied, complex in a relaxed fashion, and very, very drinkable.

2018 Greenock Shiraz
93 Points

From the western ridge of the Barossa Valley, open-fermented, 9 days on skins, twice-daily pumpovers, pressed to American and French hogsheads (35% new) for 14 months. A super-generous, full-bodied, fleshy wine. It is balanced, and carries its fruit load with ease.

2019 Clarry’s GSM
92 Points

A 50/44/6% blend, the varieties vinified separately, matured for 4 months in very old oak. Succeeded in keeping maximum fruit on display, cherry of all descriptions. It’s a good GSM, not besmirching the Kalleske brand.

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