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2018 Kalleske Old Vine Grenache


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Kalleske Old Vine Grenache is made from a low yielding, single vineyard planted in 1935 on our Kalleske estate. Situated on the outskirts of Greenock in the North-Western Barossa Valley, the Kalleske’s have been farming this property for over 150 years and the vineyard is now tended by sixth and seventh generation family members.  Following picking these dry-grown Grenache grapes were fermented in open fermenters and then gently pressed in our estate winery. The wine was matured in seasoned oak hogsheads giving a complex Grenache wine, which will benefit from cellaring.

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 vintagev.


Old Vine Grenache is made from a single vineyard planted in 1935 as bush vines on the Kalleske farm.  The vineyard soil is shallow sand with light clay subsoil and the grapes are entirely dry-grown ensuring intensely flavoured fruit. 


Following hand picking on April 12th, grapes were destemmed into an open-top fermenter.  The must was fermented using native yeast and the skins were entirely submerged for gentle flavour and colour extraction for the 14 day fermentation.  The must was then traditionally pressed and filled to barrel.  The wine was matured in seasoned American and French oak hogsheads for twelve months prior to bottling

Tasting Notes

2018 Old Vine Grenache is deep purple in colour.
Instantly exuding its varietal brightness, there are aromas of rose, musk, raspberry, choc mint and licorice.
These inviting aromatics lead to a medium-full bodied palate.  Juicy red berry fruits dominate along with fresh plum and crunchy blackberry.  Natural tannins are evident adding structure but are extremely fine and well integrated.  The pure fruit is respected with seasoned barrel maturation adding harmony.  Very smooth overall with a clean lingering finish, this is a stylish wine.  This distinguished Grenache drinks well now but is ideally suited for serious cellaring.   


94 points
“Dried mint, dried cranberry, raspberry, sage and smoke. Bold, so much red fruit, sage and fat ripe tannin, what a mouth-filler, with plum, sage, smoke and all the things. Barossa writ large. If you like em big, yeah, then this is it.”
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, July 2019

95 points
“The cold opening is a technique of jumping directly into a story at the beginning of a show before the opening credits. Comedians are considered the best, but to me, David Caruso
is the greatest at delivering a cold opening. He plays the fictional character of Lieutenant Horacio Caine in “CSI: Miami.” The drama for the next 48 minutes (given numerous commercials) is set up nicely with the cold opening which is followed by the rolling of the opening credits against the background of the killer riff from The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again” to add further dramatic effect. The question now becomes, how would Lieutenant Caine approach the tasting of a wine?
Season 11: Episode 1 “Killer Bottle”
Scene 1
Horacio arrives and alights from the CSI Hummer with sunglasses in his left hand. The location is set with an opened bottle of wine and two large bowled glasses on a table overlooking sparkling waters with the Miami skyline as a backdrop. Frank is standing next to the table. The sun is setting.
Horacio: What have we got here, Frank?
Frank: Horatio, we have a bottle of the 2018 Kalleske Old Vine Grenache from the Barossa Valley and the colour is sanguine like, though a touch more on the crimson side.
Horacio: Mmmm, anything else Frank?
Frank: [with pensive look, reaches for the glass, swirls, sniffs and sips] The aromas on this one has rose petals, liquorice, raspberries and blackberries. Upon tasting Horacio, the flavours are delightful with soft light ethereal tannins, well structured with a highly persistent finish.
Horacio: [leans forward showing profound interest, picks up the second glass in his right hand, swirls, raises the glass to
the setting sun to check out the colour, sniffs the aromas and takes a sip] Frank… [long pause with glass returned to the table followed by the dramatic putting on of sunglasses] …
this one is a killer! Order another bottle.
Cue the opening credits.
James Keneally, The The Unexpurgated Wine, Wine Code Breaker #316, March 20 2020

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