Kalleske 2007 Clarry's Semillon Chenin Blanc
The wine is brilliant white straw in colour. Inviting aromas of tropical fruits, lime juice, apples, perfume and a hint of fresh hay give an uplifting nose. These wonderful vibrant fruit flavours continue to the palate which is refreshing and balanced with subtle acidity. A good structure, mid-weight, fine texture and a lingering finish completes this very tasty blend. A fresh, flavoursome wine full of fruit; best enjoyed while young.
Vineyard: Clarry’s is a blend of two vineyards, Semillon (50%) and Chenin Blanc (50%), both from the Kalleske farm at Greenock in the Barossa Valley's North-West. The soil of both vineyards is shallow sand with clay subsoil.
Growing Season: 2007 was a drought affected vintage with a warm growing season and one of the driest winters on record. Intermittent summer rainfall refreshed the vines and enabled them to remain remarkably vibrant and take them through to ripening and harvest. The drought conditions resulted in reduced yields by about thirty percent but importantly quality from 2007 is very good.
Winemaking: The grapes were harvested in the cool of the night. They were then whole bunch pressed with the juice immediately cooled to retain the fresh fruit vibrancy. After three days of cold settling, the juice was racked with light grape solids for added complexity and then fermented cool for two weeks. Post fermentation lees stirring was employed briefly to enhance texture and mouthfeel. The wine was bottled early while young and fresh, fully capturing the freshness of the grapes.
“88 points… The 2007 Clarry’s White is composed of 50% Semillon and 50% Chenin Blanc from vines yielding a modest 2 tons per acre. Light straw-colored, it delivers aromas of spring flowers, melon, and lemon-lime. Light to medium-bodied, the wine has dry flavors, ample ripe fruit, good acidity, and a moderately long finish. Drink it with fish courses over the next 1-2 years”---Jay Miller, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate