Kalleske 2004 Greenock Shiraz
The wine is rich red-purple in colour. On the nose there are aromas of ripe black berry fruits, dark chocolate, licorice, fruit cake, plum, some nutmeg and cinnamon spice and a hint of black olive. These flavours continue to the explosive and mouthfilling palate, which is big, concentrated and displays plenty of juicy fruit with a subtle background of barrel maturation characters. The wine is full bodied and multi-layered with solid ripe, but elegant, tannins giving it a strong backbone and a long chewy finish. Rich and flavoursome, this well balanced wine has excellent cellaring potential.
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.
Following picking, the Shiraz grapes are destemmed into open-top fermenters. The must is fermented warm (up to 30 degrees celsius) with gentle hand pumpovers twice daily for extraction of colour and flavour. During fermentation, periodic rack-and-returns are employed to impart oxygen which aids colour and flavour stability.
The wine is fermented on skins for approximately seven days and it is gently basket pressed between one to two baume allowing fermentation to complete in barrels for added complexity. Greenock Shiraz is matured in a combination of new and used American and French oak hogsheads for eighteen to twenty two months prior to bottling.
Campbell Mattinson - 94 points - Winefront Monthly
When I first stuck my nose in this I thought Troy had overdone the sweet, coffeed oak – but the palate well and truly reassured me. The oak does stick out a bit but it’s perfumed and lively, and the fruit is so sure, fresh and dense that it’ll soak it up and tone it in way before most people have opened their stash. This wine reminds a lot of the 2002 Penfolds RWT: it’s full of boysenberry and licorice and cedar, with a fine sting of tannin and a redcurrant jelly-like brightness. Don’t be mislead: this is every bit Barossan shiraz, concentrated and firm, and if you like the genre, it’s essential. It’s just alive and kicking, that’s all. Drink: 2005-2016.
Robert Parker - 94 points - Wine Advocate #161 (Oct 2005)
A large-scaled as well as impeccably balanced red, the 2004 Shiraz Greenock’s dense purple color is followed by concentrated blackberry and cassis flavors intermixed with notions of raspberries, camphor, and graphite. This beautifully-knit, full-bodied Shiraz possesses modest amounts of alcohol (14%) for its richness and intensity. It should drink well for 10-12 years ... at the minimum. Drink 2005-2017