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2016 Kalleske Merchant Cabernet Sauvignon (Museum Release)


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In 1838, merchant and miller, Johann Georg Kalleske migrated from Prussia, establishing a new life in South Australia.  Today, seven generations later, descendant and fellow merchant and miller, Kym John Kalleske, farms our diverse Kalleske property established at Greenock in the North-Western Barossa in 1853.  Continuing the family tradition, Kym is a miller of hay and a merchant of chaff, lamb and grapes.    This Merchant Cabernet Sauvignon is a single vineyard wine that’s been hand pruned and harvested by Kym.  Traditional winemaking and maturation in new and seasoned French oak hogsheads has ensured a full-bodied varietal Cabernet Sauvignon displaying classic structure and richness typical of the Kalleske vineyard.



Tasting Notes:

In colour this wine is intense deep red.

Merchant is inviting and lifted with aromas of blackcurrant, dark chocolate, cedar, violet and a hint of mint.

The full bodied palate displays weighty varietal fruit including blackberry and juicy plum.  It is warming yet fresh at the same time.  The classy French oak is subtle and well integrated adding complexity.  Tannins are present but being entirely natural they’re integrated providing a solid but rounded structure.  The wine respects varietal character, is full-flavoured and very controlled.  This harmonious and distinguished wine is completed with a very long finish.  Merchant is a classic Barossa Cabernet that can be equally enjoyed now or in a decade.