Kalleske Buckboard Durif 2019




  • Vegan Suitable
  • Certified Biodynamic
  • Certified Organic
  • Winery
  • Region
    Barossa, SA
  • Grapes

Buckboard Durif is inky purple-black in colour. There are captivating aromas of blackberry jam, dark plum, sweet spice, fruit cake and chocolate. The palate is rich and full-bodied. Black fruits dominate. Toasty oak is evident adding complexity. Tannins are solid adding a muscular backbone and dry finish to this generous wine. Buckboard Durif can be enjoyed now, but best over the next decade.

Kalleske Buckboard Durif 2019 Tasting Notes from the winery

The Kalleske vineyard and farm was established at Greenock in the Barossa’s North-West in 1853. For more than a century, the horse drawn ‘buckboard’ was indispensible on the farm. The buckboard buggy transported not only people but hauled produce and supplies to and from the farm, including countless loads of grapes. In the mid 1900s the horse was replaced with a motor and then the buckboard further evolved into a flat bed truck and eventually to the modern ute. Buckboard Durif is a single vineyard wine that’s been grown, vintaged and matured on the Kalleske property. Vigilant grapegrowing, traditional winemaking and maturation in new and seasoned American oak hogsheads has resulted in a powerful, full-bodied wine of great flavour and intensity.


Quality from 2019 is stunning. It was a warm and extremely dry growing season with rainfall down significantly (39%), making it one of the driest years in the past century. Summer was 3 degrees warmer than average. Yields were impacted by the dry season, leading to smaller berries and bunches. Importantly quality is brilliant producing richly flavoured, intense wines.


Buckboard Durif is sourced from a single vineyard on the Kalleske property. The hand-pruned vines are low-yielding and are grown in shallow, sandy loam soil over superb deep red clay, providing ideal conditions for Durif.


The grapes were picked on April 4th and then destemmed into an open top fermenter. The must was native-yeast fermented for 9 days on skins with hand pump-overs twice a day. After pressing off skins the Durif was filled to a mix of 25% new and the balance used American oak hogsheads. The wine underwent natural malolactic fermentation in barrel. The Durif was matured in barrel for twelve months prior to bottling.


2019 Buckboard Durif is thick purple-black in colour. The aroma is intense and uplifting with liquorice, stewed plum, ripe cherry, chocolate, cola, coffee, cinnamon spice and beetroot. On the full-bodied palate the wine is massively concentrated. Every facet is deep and dense. Ripe black fruits dominate along with dark chocolate. The natural tannins are immense adding a refreshing dryness to the ripe fruit as well as a bold structure and backbone. This is a heady, high volume wine completed by an equally intense and long finish. Buckboard is a compelling and seductive Barossa Durif that can be enjoyed now or over the next decade.

(SKU: KA_DUR_19)

Wine Type Red
Vintage 2019
Alcohol % 15.0
Grapes Durif
Region Barossa, SA
Volume 750mL
Packaging Glass Bottle
Wild Yeast Fermentation Yes
Vegan Suitable Yes
Certified Biodynamic Yes
Certified Organic Yes

Previous Vintage Reviews Kalleske Buckboard Durif 2018

91 Points

“You want flavour? This delivers it in spades. Sweet flavour. Sawdust, raspberry, toffee apples, saturated plum. It’s an overflowing wine, a puppy dog, so eager. It’s clean as a whistle. It’s been done well.”.

Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, November 2019

92 Points

“Massively concentrated, dense purple colour, which stains the glass. Raw, infantile banana and cherry-essence aromas, undeveloped and primal. The palate is deep, dense, very fullbodied. Very tannic and massively proportioned. Blackberry jam and blackcurrant jam. Lush and profound; chewy tannins. Very good in a body-slammer style.”

Huon Hooke, The Real Review, August 2019

Finalist 4.5/5

2019 Alternative Red of the Year 2019

Winestate Wine of the Year Awards

“A bold super dense style with a chocolaty blackberry bouquet and fleshy red fruit flavours showing through the black cherry fruit characters. Ripe tannins

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