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2022 Old Vine Grenache

$50.00

169 in stock

Description

Happy 21st birthday to Old Vine Grenache! 

Well, not to the vineyard, as that is 88 years old, but to the wine that originates from these old vines.  First made in our inaugural 2002 vintage, we are delighted to release this 21st bottling of Old Vine Grenache from the 2022 vintage.

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 160 years and the vineyard is now tended by sixth and seventh generation family members.

Following the picking of these dry-grown Grenache grapes, they 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 2022 vintage was excellent.  Winter was significantly wetter than average getting the vines off to a brilliant start leading into Spring which was cool with median rainfall.  Summer was mild and dry apart from rain on the last day.  Autumn remained mild with generally perfect mid-20s weather combined with cool nights ensuring steady even ripening across all varieties.  The 2022 yields were good, and the quality is great, a classic Barossa vintage displaying rich flavours with fine balance.

Vineyard

Old Vine Grenache is made from a 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.

Winemaking

Following hand picking on April 21st, grapes were destemmed into an open-top fermenter.  The must was fermented using native yeast and the fermenting juice was pumped over twice daily for flavour and colour extraction for the 8-day fermentation.  The must was then traditionally pressed and filled to barrel.  The wine was matured in seasoned American and French oak hogsheads for a year prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes

Apperance:
Deep purple-red.

Aroma:
Super bright, lifted, captivating.  Floral perfume, ripe raspberry, cherry-ripe, liquorice, clove spice, glacé fruit.

Palate:
Full, flavoursome.  Juicy red, black fruits, plush.  Defined tannins, neat backbone.  Varietal purity.  Outstanding length.  Harmonious, varietally true.

Recommended Drinking:
This distinguished Grenache drinks well now but can equally be cellared for 5-10 years.

Reviews

96 Points
“This deeply flavoured rich Grenache exploded with aromas of dark cherry, red liquorice, cumin seed, and well matched oak. Dry, full poured, superb extract and power, density of fruit length and power. What a wine. With al dente/ sandy tannins drawing out an extended finish. Exceptional balance. 2028-2038”
The Vintage Journal’s Summer Wine Guide 2023 by Andrew Caillard MW, Andrea Pritzker MW & Angus Hughson

Editor Kalleske

“Made from 87 yr old vines!! Ruby red in colour, spicy aromas of red berries, herbs & vanillin oak. The palate is quite juicy with an attractive hint of fruit sweetness on the front palate plus lashings of strawberry & plum flavours & a gorgeous, lingering tight finish.
GORGEOUS & OH SO DRINKABLE!!!”

Dan Traucki, Wine Assist. 6 September 2023

Editor Kalleske