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2017 Kalleske Eduard Shiraz


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In 1838 Karl Heinrich ‘Eduard’ Kalleske and his three siblings together with their parents Johann Georg and Johanne Dorothea migrated from Prussia. They landed in the newly established colony of South Australia and in 1853 they settled at Greenock in the North-Western Barossa Valley and established our Kalleske farm. Eduard and his wife Anna ‘Rosina’ worked the Kalleske vineyard until the 1880s when their son took over the reins. Today six generations later those old vines are still prospering, thanks to the foresight and hard work of our ancestors. We dedicate this wine to Eduard which is from a selection of old vine Shiraz vineyards planted on our Kalleske property between 1905 to 1971. Hand winemaking and two years maturation has resulted in a stunning old vine wine destined for long term cellaring.

Growing Season

Vintage 2017 was stunning.  The vines got off to a fantastic start with a wetter than average Winter and mild Spring.  Summer brought typically average warm conditions with some excellent rainfall, twice the average.  This kept the vines in superb condition for steady ripening into Autumn which remained dry with warm sunny days and cool nights.  Yields from 2017 are good and quality is exceptional.


Eduard is sourced from three vineyard blocks on the Kalleske property that were planted between 1905 and 1971,  Vines are dry grown and produce low yields.  The soil is sandy loam with excellent clay subsoil.    


The old Shiraz vines were harvested between April 4th and April 17th and the grapes destemmed into small open top fermenters.  The grapes were fermented for 8-14 days on skins where hand pumpovers were employed twice daily.  The must was traditionally pressed and immediately filled to new and seasoned French & American oak hogsheads where it completed fermentation.  The wine was matured for two years prior to bottling. 

Tasting Notes

Eduard Shiraz 2017 is rich magenta-black in colour.

The aroma is abundant and uplifting.  Intense perfume of Christmas cake, blackberries, violets, rosemary and cedary oak.  It leaves no doubt a serious wine awaits.

The palate is classic Barossa old vine Shiraz.  It is rich and robust with full-bodied flavours of black plum, chocolate and a hint of smoked meats.  Whilst powerful, there is an inherent poise and balance.  Tannins are prevalent but perfectly in check adding grippy structure to the dark plush fruit.  Oak is evident though aptly supportive and not dominant.  The length is strikingly persistent completing this complex wine.  This venerable old vine Shiraz can be enjoyed now but will cellar for a decade or more.


Master Medal and Overall highest rated wine
2020 Global Organinc Masters
“The highest scoring wine in the entire Organic Masters tasting this year turned out to be for a flagship red from Australia’s Kalleske, called Eduard. Named after the Barossa producer’s founder, Karl Heinrich ‘Eduard’ Kalleske, it uses Shiraz from a historic vineyard, first planted in 1905, ensuring it is a wine of great concentration but balance too. The result is seriously impressive, with layers of flavour from blackcurrant to ripe plum, a touch of prune, sweet balsamic and black pepper, along with dried mint and fleshy cherry, supported by grippy tannins, to give a dry finish, that also features lingering roasted coffee and vanilla pod flavours from the barrel-ageing process. It’s a remarkable wine that’s both big and beautiful.”

Editor Kalleske

97 points
“Vines from 46 to 112 years old, from three estate vineyards. Deep magenta colour. The flavours hit at high speed,with 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 it’s a pleasure to drink.” 
James Halliday, The Weekend Australian Magazine, 23 May 2020

Master Medal
2019 Global Syrah Masters, UK, December 2019

94 Points
“Grown on three vineyard blocks, the oldest planted in 1905, the “youngest” in 1971. Matured in French and American oak.
It’s a firm, bold, impressive shiraz. Cream-coconut oak nestles into redcurrant, pure plum and sweet blackberry. It’s both generous and neat; it pours it on without ever losing control. At first I thought the oak was a little too heavy and you certainly need to be oak-tolerant but as this wine breathed it settled beautifully.”

Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front, 29 October 2019

Double Gold Medal
2019 China Wine & Spirit Awards, July 2019

Gold Medal
2019 Selections Mondiales De Vins, Canada, June 2019

Editor Kalleske