With the release of the 2017 Clarry’s we said that “Clarry’s continues to go from strength to strength…” 2017 was an amazing vintage for Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro and the trio combined undeniably embraces the saying that ‘The whole is greater than the sum of its parts’. Well, Clarry’s has again flexed its muscle with an amazing array of accolades in the past year.
The highlights include…
‘2018 Organic Wine of the Year at the Winestate Australia/New Zealand Organic Wine Awards; Blue/Gold Award & Top 100 Wine of Competition at the 2018 Sydney International Wine Show; Gold Medal at the 2018 China Wine & Spirit Awards; Top wine in category at Winestate Barossa Tasting’.
Our Grandfather Clarence “Clarry” Kalleske, who farmed the Kalleske vineyards from the late 1920s until his retirement in the 1990s would certainly be proud. And we are very proud of the new release 2018 Clarry’s GSM which is an absolute ripper!
It is from the same old vineyards of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro as the previous trophy winning vintages. Grapes were harvested over a 5 week period from March 13th to April 19th. Fermentation was by native yeast in open-top fermenters for 7-14 days with pump-overs twice daily. After pressing the wines were matured in old barrels for 4 months prior to blending and bottling.
Clarry’s GSM 2018 is vivid purple in colour. Amazingly lifted and bright, there are bountiful aromatics of dark plum, violet, ripe raspberry, musk, sarsaparilla, cinnamon and a touch of dried herbs. The palate is generous and mouth-filling. It is well rounded with lavish flavours of ripe berries, dark fruits and a trace of choc mint. There are engaging fine natural tannins giving a seamless and elegant structure. An alluring radiance of fruit purity prevails throughout, with limited seasoned barrel maturation adding complexity and softness. Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro all work in harmony together delivering a layered wine of ample flavour, splendid structure and a lingering finish. Clarry’s is an approachable, fruit-driven and opulent GSM that is best enjoyed now or over the next five years.