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2018 Kalleske Greenock Shiraz


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Greenock Shiraz is a single vineyard wine produced from low yielding Shiraz vines on the Kalleske estate at Greenock, in the North-Western Barossa Valley.  Cuttings for these vines originate from a vineyard planted on the property in the late 1800s.  Today, sixth and seventh generation family members meticulously tend the vines.  Traditional winemaking and maturation in American and French oak hogsheads has ensured a complex, full-bodied Shiraz which will reward long term cellaring.  Greenock Shiraz is a true family estate wine – grown, vintaged and matured on the Kalleske estate.

Growing Season

The 2018 vintage was superb.  Winter was slightly wetter than average getting the vines off to a brilliant start leading them into Spring which was warmer and drier than average.  Rain in early December refreshed the vines and ensured they remained strong and healthy for the overall dry and hot Summer.  Autumn also remained dry with perfect Autumnal temperatures leading into harvest.  The 2018 yields are good and the quality is excellent, a classic Barossa vintage.


Kalleske Greenock Shiraz is sourced from a single vineyard, located on the Western edge of the Greenock Creek in the Northern Barossa Valley.  The vineyard consists of shallow, sandy loam soil over superb deep red clay and limestone, providing ideal conditions for Shiraz vines. 


The grapes were harvested in three separate lots from March 16th to March 19th from a single vineyard, the “Greenock” block.  After picking, the grapes were destemmed into open top fermenters.  They were fermented warm with hand pump-overs twice a day for 7-9 days on skins prior to pressing.  After pressing off skins the wines were filled to a mix of 35% new and the balance used American and French oak hogsheads.  The wines completed primary fermentation and underwent natural malolactic fermentation in barrel.  The wine was matured in barrel for fourteen months prior to bottling

Tasting Notes

2018 Greenock Shiraz is dark purple-black in colour.

It has an expressive aroma displaying plum pudding, rose florals, milk chocolate, marinated olive, cinnamon spice and some toasty oak.

The palate is rich and full-bodied, exhibiting classic Greenock Shiraz from a superb vintage.  It has a perfect combination of ripe black fruits together with rustic spice.  Oak is finely integrated adding a supporting role to the primary fruit.  Tannins are robust but being natural they are perfectly unified adding solid engaging structure.  There is a lengthy finish to complete a very complex, well-balanced wine.  Greenock is a complex, refined and classy Barossa Shiraz that has a long cellaring future.          


Master Medal and 5th Highest Rated Wine
2020 Global Organic Masters
“Fans of great Barossa Shiraz, please take note. Kalleske is a fantastic source of a much loved wine style, combining organic practices and brilliant winemaking to create something that
captures the appeal of this part of Australia, this famous grape, and it should be added, established old-vine concentration too. 
Gaining one of the highest scores of the Organic Masters 2020, the Greenock Shiraz – named after the Barossa sub-district where Kalleske is based – is crammed with intense black fruit, fresh plums, and a touch of dried mint and black pepper, and a hint of sweet balsamic, complemented by the indulgent characters from oak-ageing, such as coconut and milk chocolate. It’s layered, delicious, and persistent.”

Editor Kalleske

94 Points
“A splendid pedigree, if you consider our reviews to be a good form guide.
Powerful and throaty, churning with tannin, mocha and new leather, dried herb and floral perfume, black fruit. Oak is nutty nougat and fragrant, not overdone, but noted, finishes saline and long with sooty tannin and glimmers of red fruit. A lotta Barossa.”

Gary Walsh, Winefront, 1 October 2019

“An aromatic experience with cinnamon, vanillin oak, plum pudding and a twist of herbs in the complex and alluring bouquet. The sophisticated palate is very rich but still youthfully tight, beautifully balanced and superbly structured – designed to be cellared as it will age superbly for as long as you have the patience to do so.”
Dan Traucki, Wine Assist, September 2019

Editor Kalleske