Kalleske Zeitgeist Shiraz 2020



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  • Vegan Suitable
  • No Added Preservative
  • Certified Biodynamic
  • Certified Organic
  • Winery
  • Region
    Barossa, SA
  • Grapes

The Kalleske Zeitgeist sings with unadulterated fruit purity. Aromatics leap from the glass, ripe blackberry and spiced plum, with violet florals. The palate in generously weighted and flavoured, harmonious and smooth with rich blue and black fruits, overlaying chalky tannins, giving great structure and length. 

A strikingly complex wine for the age, Zeitgeist is enjoyable now with its primal characters but is powered to cellar well for many years to come.  A completely natural wine that you must try.

Tasting notes from the winery for Kalleske Zeitgeist Shiraz 2020

Zeitgeist: the spirit of the time; general trend or characteristic of a particular period in time.

2020 Zeitgeist Shiraz is deep purple-black in colour.

Aromatics leap from the glass with a fresh grapey bouquet of ripe plum, cinnamon spice, blackberry jam, violets and perfume.

The palate is full-bodied and full-flavoured.  It is fresh and bright with depth and intensity.  Rich blue and black fruits dominate.  Smooth and rich, it has underlying chalky grape tannins adding structure.   The wine shows youthful energy and inherent harmony throughout.  It has an extremely lengthy finish, with the expressive fruit purity lingering for a long time.  A strikingly complex wine for the age, Zeitgeist is enjoyable now with its primal characters but is powerful enough to cellar. 

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.     


The Kalleske vineyard is a diverse mix of 120 acres of vines spread over the 500 acre farm.  Shiraz dominates the plantings and multiple Shiraz blocks spanning from 1905 to 1998 were blended to make this wine.  Shiraz from these blocks will go into the usual Kalleske Eduard, Greenock, Moppa and Clarry’s wines.  All Shiraz vines are low yielding and soils are typically shallow sand with excellent clay subsoil.


The Shiraz blocks were harvested over numerous weeks from February 26th through to March 13th.  Each batch was separately destemmed into an open top fermenter where it was native yeast fermented for 7-10 days on skins with hand pumpovers employed twice daily.  The musts were pressed and a portion of each lot was set aside in stainless tank to create this Zeitgeist blend.  Following settling, the young wine was bottled in early June, without sulphur dioxide, to capture the vibrancy and primacy of the vintage.  

Technical Details
Alcohol: 14.5%
Region: Greenock, SA
Wild fermented on skins for 10-12 days
Vegan Friendly
No added sulphites

(SKU: KA_ZEI_20)

Wine Type Red
Vintage 2020
Alcohol % 14.5
Grapes Shiraz
Region Barossa, SA
Volume 750mL
Packaging Glass Bottle
Closure Screwcap
Wild Yeast Fermentation Yes
Natural Wine Yes
Vegan Suitable Yes
No Added Preservative Yes
Certified Biodynamic Yes
Certified Organic Yes
Alcohol Level High [14% plus]

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