JMK Shiraz VP is a luscious fortified Shiraz dedicated to fifth generation grapegrower, John Malcolm Kalleske (JMK), who has tended the Kalleske family vineyards for more than 60 years and still does so today. The vineyard for this special wine was hand pruned and harvested by John. 2005 was a brilliant vintage with a mild Summer and warm sunny Autumn providing ideal ripening conditions. Grapes for 2005 JMK were harvested in 3 batches over 7 days providing differing sweetness and complexity for the finished wine. During fermentation, sweetness and flavours of the fermenting grapes were closely monitored and when at desired levels for each batch, at 4-5 days after harvest, a portion of free-run juice was drained from the fermenters and fortified to arrest the fermentation and retain some natural grape sweetness. A combination of young and old (up to 15 years) brandy spirit was used to fortify the wine, ensuring added complexity. Following fortification, the wine was matured in well seasoned hogsheads for 2 years. At this time, only the very best barrels were selected to be included in the bottling of this liqueur Shiraz.
Upon release the 2005 JMK was deep purple-black in colour with aromas of anise, clove, violets, marzipan and plum. The palate was luscious, rich and full bodied with deep intensity showing harmony, moderate sweetness, balanced alcohol, fine tannins and a velvety mouthfeel. It was completed with a lingering finish and noted to enjoy now or will benefit from a decade or two in the cellar.
Well, it’s been more than a decade in the cellar but not quite two. This now 16 year old wine has evolved to display lovely mature vintage port characters. It still has deep intense colour with the purple giving way to more brick red hues. Aromatically there remains plum and anise, together with chocolate, cigar box, toffee, cola and mixed spice. The palate is rich, plush and smooth. Tannins are still noted but now have a creamy edge. The primary fruits have unfolded to more liquorice and spice as well as fruit cake and leather with a touch of butterscotch. The finish is extremely long, with the plush sweetness shifting to a lightly drying, warm brandy end to give a very delectable close. This exquisite wine has aged gracefully, having entered its peak drinking window, so enjoyable now or over the next five years.