Kalleske Fordson Zinfandel 2020

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

2020 Fordson Zinfandel is dark magenta-red in colour. It is expressly fragrant with emanations of raspberry jam, sweet cloves, flowers, red liquorice, stewed rhubarb, vintage fortified and a hint of wintergreen. The palate is richly flavoured with generous juicy blue fruits dominating.  It is full-bodied with an opulent plushness throughout.

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Tasting Notes for Kalleske Fordson Zinfandel 2020 from the winery

2020 Fordson Zinfandel is dark magenta-red in colour. It is expressly fragrant with emanations of raspberry jam, sweet cloves, flowers, red liquorice, stewed rhubarb, vintage fortified and a hint of wintergreen. The palate is richly flavoured with generous juicy blue fruits dominating.  It is full-bodied with an opulent plushness throughout.

Tannins are mildly evident at the end relieving the lavish fruit.  Seasoned barrel maturation gently adds character whilst leaving the powerful varietal fruit in command.  The finish is very long, completing a beautiful wine.  Approachable and fruit forward, Fordson Zinfandel can be enjoyed now or over the next five years.

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

Fordson is a single vineyard Zinfandel from the Kalleske property. The handpruned vines are low-yielding and are grown in shallow, sandy loam soil over superb deep red clay.

WINEMAKING

The grapes were harvested on April 8th and pressed eight days later, with pumpovers employed twice daily whilst on skins. Following pressing the wine was matured in seasoned hogsheads for twelve months prior to bottling.

KALLESKE

In 1853, the Kalleske vineyard and farm was established at Greenock in the Barossa’s North-West. For 97 years horses were used to work the vineyard and land. This changed in 1950 when a new type of horse-power arrived on the property, a ‘Fordson’ Major tractor. The Fordson soon became a valuable and integral part of vineyard and farm activities. Fordson Zinfandel (a.k.a. Primitivo) is a single vineyard wine that’s been grown, vintaged and matured on the Kalleske property. Vigilant grapegrowing combined with traditional winemaking and maturation in seasoned French and American oak hogsheads has resulted in a flavoursome varietal Zinfandel displaying classic structure and richness typical of the Kalleske vineyard.

(SKU: KA_ZIN_20)

Wine Type Red
Vintage 2020
Alcohol % 14.5
Grapes Zinfandel
Region Barossa, SA
Volume 750mL
Packaging Glass Bottle
Closure Screwcap
Country of Origin Australia
Vegan Suitable Yes
Certified Biodynamic Yes
Certified Organic Yes

Previous Vintage Kalleske Fordson Zinfandel 2018 Reviews

93 Points

“Seldom seen in Australia, Zin has the capacity for ripeness and power albeit, the disparate nature of ripening within grape clusters ensures a sweet : sour freshness. Well suited to the vanillas of American oak, this is a suave operator. satsuma plum, raspberry, candied orange zest, bramble and peppery, herbal tannins assuage the richness of the wine. The oak, too, helps corral the billowing flavours. Delicious! A fine example, best on the cool side.”

Ned Goodwin, Halliday Wine Companion, August 2019 VEGAN

89 Points

“Deep red colour with a tint of purple. The bouquet is smoky, blackberry, bitumen and graphite. The palate adds blackberry conserve, is full-bodied and supple, with richness, density and soft fleshy tannins. A whopper.”

Huon Hooke, The Real Review, August 2019

89 Points

“Barossa zinfandel weighing in at only 13.5% alc. You’d not guess the alcohol from the wine’s flavour profile. It’ sweet and jammy but then it’s also fresh and there is zero heat on the finish. Indeed there’s as much boysenberry and raspberry as there is plum jam. There’s a spiciness, almost a twigginess at play here too. It’s an interesting example of the variety.”

Campbell Mattinson, Winefront, 2 November 2019

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