Kalleske CCCLXV Durif 2020

 

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

2020 CCCLXV Durif 365 is deep black in colour with an intense purple rim.

It has striking aromatics.  Captivating and dynamic, there is fresh grapes, clove spice, sarsaparilla, cherry ripe, roasted herbs and fruit cake.

The palate is rich and full-bodied.  It is big and flavoursome across many dimensions.  There is immense powerful dark fruit that reaches to all corners of the mouth set with equally vast tannins following the fruit throughout. 

Kalleske CCCLXV Durif 2020  

2020 CCCLXV Durif 365 is deep black in colour with an intense purple rim.

It has striking aromatics.  Captivating and dynamic, there is fresh grapes, clove spice, sarsaparilla, cherry ripe, roasted herbs and fruit cake.

The palate is rich and full-bodied.  It is big and flavoursome across many dimensions.  There is immense powerful dark fruit that reaches to all corners of the mouth set with equally vast tannins following the fruit throughout.  Whilst a hefty wine on all accounts it is notably well unified with the fruit and tannin working in harmony to give a balanced wine of muscular structure.  It is completed with a very lengthy finish.  This is an audacious wine that can be enjoyed now in its early splendour or equally cellared for a decade or two.

Durif

Durif is a naturally dark, intense, tannic variety.  When made in the ‘traditional’ way of 7-14 days on skins followed by maturation in oak barrel it delivers a superb immensely full-bodied drink that is often described as ‘Shiraz on steroids’.  CCCLXV Durif 365 takes this a step further.  By leaving the wine on skins for an entire year and not maturing it in any oak, the result is an even more concentrated, powerful and thick inky wine.  It proclaims all that Durif has to give, allowing the flavour, colour and tannin generosity of the skins to entirely egress into the wine.  By bottling after pressing with no barrel maturation, there is no oak intrusion, truly allowing for the Durif grape to shine in its absolute largesse.

Growing Season

Vintage 2020 has delivered wines of amazing quality.  However, quantity is very limited, with it being one of the lowest grape yields ever in the Barossa at around 50% of average. Yields were dire due to a combination of early mild frost conditions, then a notably windy period (45% windier) around flowering leading to poor set (not many berries) followed by some hot days in November and an overall dry growing season (34% down).  Notably, quality is of the highest echelon with rich colours and intense robust flavours.

Vineyard

CCCLXV Durif 365 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.

Winemaking

The grapes were picked on March 18th and March 26th and then destemmed into an open top fermenter.  The must was native-yeast fermented for 14 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.

CCCLXV: the roman numeral CCCLXV corresponds to Arabic number 365.  CCCLXV = 365.

CCCLXV Durif… a wine of the utmost power displaying the heightened intensity that a protracted 365 days on skins gives to this naturally concentrated and intense variety.

(SKU: KA_CDur_20)

Wine Type Red
Vintage 2020
Alcohol % 16.0
Grapes Durif
Region Barossa, SA
Volume 750mL
Packaging Glass Bottle
Closure Screwcap
Country of Origin Australia
Vegan Suitable Yes
Certified Biodynamic Yes
Certified Organic Yes
Alcohol Level High [14% plus]

2018 KALLESKE CCCLXV DURIF

91+ Points

“OMG! What a mind blowing wine!! No oak maturation at all – instead it is left on skins for a year (hence CCCLXV – 365 days). It is right up there with the biggest, brightest, boldest Durif I have ever tasted. Almost black in colour with crisp, complex aromas of blackberries and plums, and has great viscosity. A big, bold, beautiful palate teaming with rich flavours, just a hint of natural fruit sweetness and a delightful, tight, slightly grippy finish. Bloody Amazing! Totally different style to the Kalleske “Buckboard” Durif, but equally as brilliant. It would be interesting to line the two up side by side.”

Dan Traucki, Wine Assist, 6 September 2019

92 Points

“Very deep, dense, glass-staining purple colour. The bouquet is likewise dense and concentrated, essency and meaty - in a cold barbecue-grill way. The wine is massively dense, concentrated and tannic, but the tannins are ripe and supple. Blackberry and black olive. A blockbuster, but all the moving parts seem well oiled.”

Huon Hooke, The Real Review, 28 August 2019

91+ Points

“A whopping 365 days on skins. No oak. Interesting that this doesn’t include oak because it smells of prunes on toast. It’s a dense, tannic but meticulous wine with liquorice, plum and even violet flavours/scents pushing persuasively throughout. It’s both neat and rugged at once. It’s still finding its feet; it’s going places. Apart from anything else it offers very good value.”

Campbell Mattinson, The Winefront, 4 November 2019

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