Wine Reviews & Awards

Recent Reviews & Awards

2018 Kalleske Greenock Shiraz

94 Points

“A splendid pedigree, if you consider our reviews to be a good form guide. See here.

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, The Wine Front, 1 October 2019

2019 Kalleske Old Vine Grenache

96 Points

“Captain Jack Sparrow is a fictional character from the Pirates of the Caribbean series of movies.  He meanders his way through the movies in a way that affects all.  He is a trickster who appears drunken.  He uses wit and deceit to end disputes and he is shrewd, calculating and eccentric to say the least.  Whilst a pirate may lean towards rum, I reckon Jack Sparrow is a lover of Grenache for this is a grape that has meandered its way through time having arrived in our land in 1832.  How would he describe a Grenache?  Of course, he would have outwitted the owner out of a world class bottle.

This is the 2019 Kalleske Old Vine Grenache from vines planted in 1935 on the Kalleske farm located in the Barossa Valley, South Australia.  It reminds you that not all gold and silver is treasure, mate.  Now bring me this horizon with a nose that is perfumed with red fruits and liquorice.  Oh all these beautiful mermaids, the seasoning of vanilla, spices and coriander root mingles with juniper berries make you raise your fist in the air and calling out ‘arr!’  On the palate, methinks this is a blend of liquorice, red fruits, sarsaparilla and rhubarb.  The tannins are emery board like dancing lightly with touches of cedar.  Arr, the flavours build, reminding you that if you choose to lock your heart away you’ll lose it for certain.  With this in my veins, my spirit will live on.”

James Keneally, The Wine Code Breaker #341, September 2020

2019 Kalleske Clarry’s GSM

93 Points

“Young and fresh bouquet – still settling. Fruit is lurking, plums and raspberries, cured meats. A restraint and toning down to it, savoury notes allowed to make an impression. While needing time, this is more focused and serious than previous released. Excellent value.”

Nick Butler, The Real Review, 22 January 2020

2017 Kalleske JMK Shiraz VP

“Inky, impenetrable purple colour. Black plums and tapenade, spirit is soft. There’s an underling white pepper character to the fruit – confirming the spirits quality. It’s very good.

Nick Butler, The Real Review, 29 March 2020

2019 Kalleske Parallax Grenache

93 Points

“Biodynamic farmed grenache under the ‘wilder style’ range that also has Zeitgeist and Plenarius alongside. Some time ago I enjoyed the movie The Parallax View. Meanwhile…

This is a tight and nervy grenache sitting somewhere between pleasure and something else. It’s bony and tannic, twiggy and savoury, the firmness is real here. It finishes with some customary cherry flavours, and the perfume delivers maraschino cherry and sweet earthiness. The longer I spent with the wine, the more I liked it’s nature. Italian-esque, might sound vague but picks up the thread of savouriness, herbal detail and tight, tense tannin that are all at play here.”

Mike Bennie, Wine Front, 16 December 2019

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2018 Kalleske Old Vine Grenache

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, Real Review, October 2019

2018 Kalleske Dodger Tempranillo

93 Points

“Such a lovely drink here. Opens with a pretty perfume of sarsaparilla, cherry cola, some warm, earthy spice notes and a twiggy whiff. The palate is more of the same with a juiciness and plushness that works a treat. Feels fresh in drinking, easy to drink, a delight all up”

Mike Bennie, WBM, March/ April Edition 2020

Past Vintage Reviews & Awards

Old Vine

Kalleske Johann Georg Shiraz

2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003

Kalleske Eduard Shiraz

2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

Kalleske Old Vine Grenache

2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002

 

Classic

Kalleske Greenock Shiraz

2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002

Kalleske Merchant Cabernet Sauvignon

2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

Kalleske Moppa Shiraz

2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 |

Kalleske Clarry’s GSM

2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 20092008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004

 

Alternative

Kalleske Buckboard Durif

2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

Kalleske Fordson Zinfandel

2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012

Kalleske Dodger Tempranillo

2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2010

 

Whites & Rose

Kalleske Lorraine Semscato

2018 | 2016 | 2006

Kalleske Rosina Rose

2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

Kalleske Florentine Chenin Blanc

2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

Kalleske Elenore Semillon

2019 | 2017

 

Divergent Genre

Kalleske Plenarius Viognier

2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2012

Kalleske Parallax Grenache

2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017

Kalleske Zeitgeist Shiraz

2020 | 2019 |2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014

Kalleske CCCLXV Durif

2019 | 2018| 2017

 

Fortified

Kalleske JMK Shiraz VP

2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005

Kalleske Biodynamic Barrel Project

2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013