Our Kalleske vineyard and farm was established at Greenock in the Barossa’s North-West in 1853. Since the early 1900s, the ‘dodger’ has been indispensible in the vineyard. The vine dodger is a mechanical weeder that removes weeds from around the vines whilst dodging the vines themselves. In the early years the dodger was pulled by a horse and steered by hand and then in the 1960s the horse was replaced by a tractor. Fundamentally the dodger hasn’t changed much and today it is still used to naturally control the weeds in our vineyards. Dodger Tempranillo is a single vineyard wine that’s been grown, vintaged and matured on our Kalleske property. Vigilant grapegrowing, traditional winemaking and maturation in seasoned French oak hogsheads has resulted in a sophisticated, medium bodied Tempranillo displaying classic structure and varietal expression typical of our Kalleske vineyard.
The aroma displays curious complexity with both sweet and savoury nuances evident. There is strawberry, almonds, tobacco, liqueur cherries, spice, blackcurrant and a hint of earth.
These sweet and savoury characters continue to the medium bodied palate. The natural tannins are prominent, but finely integrated adding structure and definition. The wild fruit flavours intrigue throughout unburdened by oak. The wine is well structured and poised with bright acidity. A lingering finish completes a varietally true Tempranillo. Dodger can be enjoyed now or over the next eight years.