Kalleske Moppa Shiraz 2017
- Certified Organic
- Certified Biodynamic
- Vegan Suitable
Michelle says The Kalleske Moppa Shiraz is a standout Barossa Shiraz by any standards. The Kalleske wines just get better with each vintage. This wine will impress and price-wise it is great value, comparing easily with $35+ bottles. Oh and it's biodynamic.
The aromatics are intense and bright. Drifting from the glass are garden flowers, cherry, blueberry, clove spice and a hint of fruit cake. The palate is full-bodied with prevailing juicy red and black fruits. It’s extremely polished with subtle oak effortlessly blending with the rich fruits adding complexity. The tannins are perfectly integrated and being entirely natural they add fine structure without imposing. The balance of this wine is impeccable. It is rich and flavoursome with an elongated finish. Moppa 2017 is an expressive and opulent Shiraz that can be enjoyed now or will cellar well in the medium to long term.
In 1853 our Kalleske farm and vineyard was established at Moppa, a small sub-district of Greenock in the Barossa’s North-West. The Moppa district was a flourishing settlement of pioneering farming families and gold miners. There were few schools in the region, local parents established the Moppa Public School in 1873 to give their children a formal education. Located on our Kalleske property, generations of the Kalleske family attended this school until its closure in 1935. Sourced entirely from our Kalleske Moppa vineyard, a trace of Viognier and Petit Verdot has been added to this Shiraz giving it a contemporary edge. This is a genuine hand made wine that’s been grown, vintaged and matured on our Kalleske estate at Greenock in the North-Western Barossa.
Vintage 2017 was stunning. The vines got off to a fantastic start with a wetter than average Winter and mild Spring. Summer brought typically average warm conditions with some excellent rainfall, twice the average. This kept the vines in superb condition for steady ripening into Autumn which remained dry with warm sunny days and cool nights. Yields from 2017 are good and quality is exceptional.
Moppa is predominantly Shiraz with a trace of Petit Verdot (10%) and Viognier (3%) blended in for added complexity. Grapes are from ten different blocks on the Kalleske’s organic farm, with the oldest of these blocks planted in 1961. The vines are low-yielding and are grown in shallow, sandy loam soil over superb deep red clay, providing ideal conditions for these varieties.
The Shiraz was harvested in numerous batches from March 22nd to April 18th. One lot of Shiraz was co-fermented on the skins of Viognier which had been harvested on March 15th. The Petit Verdot is a late ripener and was harvested on April 26th. All batches were wild fermented in open top fermenters with hand pumpovers twice a day during fermentation. After 7 to 14 days on skins the fermented grapes were traditionally pressed. The wine was aged in hogshead barrels for thirteen months. Approximately 25% new French, American and Hungarian oak was used with the balance seasoned barrels. On completion of maturation, a portion of Petit Verdot and Shiraz/Viognier was blended for added complexity. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
2017 Moppa Shiraz is deep purple-red in colour.
The aromatics are intense and bright. Drifting from the glass are garden flowers, cherry, blueberry, clove spice and a hint of fruit cake.
The palate is full-bodied with prevailing juicy red and black fruits. It’s extremely polished with subtle oak effortlessly blending with the rich fruits adding complexity. The tannins are perfectly integrated and being entirely natural they add fine structure without imposing. The balance of this wine is impeccable. It is rich and flavoursome with an elongated finish. Moppa 2017 is an expressive and opulent Shiraz that can be enjoyed now or will cellar well in the medium to long term.
CURRENT VINTAGE AWARDS, REVIEWS & ACCOLADES
PREVIOUS VINTAGES - AWARDS, REVIEWS & ACCOLADES
2017 Moppa - Trophy Winner - Best Shiraz of Show - 2017 Australian Organic Wine Awards
2017 Moppa - 4.5 stars classic - Aussie Shiraz nose; it’s rich, ripe, and fresh. Great palate, creamy in the mouth with lovely complexity and balance of fresh fruit and new oak flavours.
Winestate Magazine, Annual 2018 Winner - Best Shiraz of Show - 2017 Australian Organic Wine Awards
2014 KALLESKE MOPPA SHIRAZ
2016 China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value
Blue-Gold Award & Top 100 Wines of 2016
Sydney International Wine Competition
Mundus Vini BioFach 2016 International Organic Wine Award, Germany
“Espresso and roasted herb flavours add a fresh edge to the core of dense, expressive cassis and plum flavours. A floral detail gains momentum on the finish. Drink now through 2028”.Mary Ann Worobiec, Wine Spectator, 31st May 2016
2013 KALLESKE MOPPA SHIRAZ
Gold Medal - 2014 China Wine & Spirits Awards
Gary Walsh www.winefront.com.au - Cute proprietary bottles, a la Rockford. Contains 5% Viognier and 10% Petit Verdot, so you can still call it just ‘Shiraz’ on the front label. On the back label, perhaps, “trace elements of Viognier may remain.” Black fruit with tar, chocolate and a perfumed top note. Full bodied, smooth with plenty of fine grained open tannin, fleshy feel, chocolate and roses with some salted beef coming through on the finish. Plenty of wine here. Hard to imagine fanciers of bold Barossa Shiraz not being happy with this wine.
Rated : 92 Points
Tasted : Aug14
Alcohol : 14,5%
Price : $28
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2014 - 2020+
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