Kalleske 2009 Clarry's Grenache Shiraz Mataro



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Winery/Brand: Kalleske


Clarry's 2009 is deep red-black in colour. On the nose there are lifted aromatics of deep rose florals, radiant red fruits, clove, raspberry and some earthy spice. On the palate the wine displays juicy dark ripe fruits with smooth silky tannins. It is mouth coating with bright fruit flavours. The wine is harmonious yet complex with a lengthy finish. An approachable and fruit-driven wine that is best enjoyed over the next five years.



The Story

Clarry’s is produced in South Australia's Barossa Valley, by the Kalleske family who have been farming and growing grapes since the 1800s. It is a genuine estate wine - grown, vintaged and matured on the Kalleske estate at Greenock. Clarry’s is named in honour of winemaker, Troy Kalleske’s, eighty nine year old Grandfather, Clarence “Clarry” Kalleske, who farmed the Kalleske vineyards from the late 1920s until his retirement in the 1990s. Clarry was the fourth generation member to tend the vines on the Kalleske family farm, established by his great grandparents who migrated from Prussia to South Australia in 1838 aboard the Prince George. Many years were spent by Clarry pruning, hand-picking and nurturing the Kalleske vineyards.

Vineyard: Clarry’s is a blend of Grenache (55%), Shiraz (37%) and Mataro (8%), with all grapes from the Kalleske’s organic farm. The Grenache is from low yielding sandy soils from vines dating back to the 1940s, while the Shiraz and Mataro are sourced from a number of select blocks on the Kalleske estate with soil generally consisting of shallow, sandy loam over superb deep red clay and limestone, providing ideal conditions for these vines.

Not sure how this Kalleske release slipped through the system – it’s been out for a few months – I usually like to jump on the Clarry’s red as soon as I see it come in. This year’s release is a blend of grenache (55 percent), shiraz (37 percent) and a dollop of mataro. It’s 100 percent biodynamically-grown.

Spot on. Great value. Lovely mix of five-spice and tar, dark cherry and aniseed-like flavour. It’s all about the fruit, the spice, the earth. Sits on the rich/ripe side of medium-bodied. Warm with alcohol, but very nice drinking.

Rated : 91+ Points
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $18
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2011 - 2015
Campbell Mattinson » www.winefront.com.au » Sep 2010

The Specs

RegionBarossa, SA
PackagingGlass Bottle