Kalleske 2009 Florentine Chenin Blanc



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Winery/Brand: Kalleske


Florentine is white-straw in colour. The nose is inviting with aromas of apple, honeysuckle, quince, herbs and nuts. The palate is medium-bodied with intense fresh fruit supported by subtle barrel fermentation characters. Well structured with a beautiful texture the wine finishes with a persistent length. This complex wine can be enjoyed now but will cellar gracefully.



The Story

Vineyard: Florentine is from a single vineyard of Chenin Blanc on the Kalleske property that was planted in 1988. The vines are low yielding and soil is shallow sand with clay subsoil. It gains its name from Caroline ‘Florentine’ Kalleske, the first daughter of Johann Georg Kalleske who migrated to Australia from Prussia in 1838.

Winemaking:The grapes were harvested in the cool of the night on 22nd February. They were then whole bunch pressed and the juice was settled prior to racking to fermentation. The juice was entirely wild fermented with native yeast and half the ferment was undertaken in Russian oak hogsheads and the other half was in tank. Partial lees stirring was employed post fermentation for added texture and complexity. The wine was blended and bottled after 6 months barrel maturation.

The Specs

RegionBarossa, SA
GrapesChenin Blanc
PackagingGlass Bottle