Kalleske 2005 Clarry's Barossa Red
The wine is medium red in colour with purple hues. The nose is alive with aromas of Turkish delight, spice, cloves, raspberry, liquorice and a hint of dried herbs. These luscious aromas continue to the mouth-watering palate which is full of flavour. Tannins are silky and the palate is seamless but with a solid structure. The wine lingers with a savoury spice finish. An approachable and fruit-driven wine that is best enjoyed over the next five years.
Clarry’s is a blend of Grenache and Shiraz, with all grapes from the Kalleske farm. The Grenache is from low-yielding sandy soils while the Shiraz is sourced from the Greenock Shiraz vineyard.
The 2005 growing season started with a wet winter and spring, providing excellent moisture for the vines. A cooler than average summer with no heat waves resulted in gradual ripening and natural acidity was retained in the grapes. A dry, mild to warm autumn with sunny days provided ideal ripening conditions to finish the grapes to maturity. A good vintage with intense flavours.
The Grenache was harvested in mid April, about one month after the Greenock Shiraz component. The Grenache was fermented warm in open top fermenters with hand pump overs twice a day during fermentation. After ten days on skins the Grenache was gently basket pressed. To preserve the superb fresh fruit flavours of the Grenache, it was only aged in very old oak hogsheads and only for a limited time of ten months. On completion of maturation, a component of Greenock Shiraz was blended with the Grenache for added complexity. The wine is bottled un-fined and unfiltered and is sealed with a screw cap closure to retain fresh fruit vibrancy.