In South Australia's Barossa Valley, the Kalleske family have been farming and growing grapes since 1853 near the village of Greenock. They are one of the regions leading grape-growing families consistently growing some of the Barossa's best quality grapes. After six generations of growing grapes, winemaker and seventh generation family member, Troy Kalleske, together with his brother Tony, established the Kalleske winery and made the first ‘Kalleske’ wine. The winery is situated on the family estate where the 120 acre vineyard is planted to Shiraz, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon, Chenin Blanc, Mataro, Petit Verdot, Durif, Viognier, Tempranillo and Zinfandel. Vines vary in age with the oldest remaining vineyard dating back to 1875 and an overall average vine age of about 50 years. The vineyard is low yielding with grapes grown organically and biodynamically and the winery is also certified organic.
The wine is rich red-purple in colour. On the nose there are aromas of ripe black berry fruits, dark chocolate, licorice, fruit cake, plum, some nutmeg and cinnamon spice and a hint of black olive. These flavours continue to the explosive and mouthfilling palate, which is big, concentrated and displays plenty of juicy fruit with a subtle background of barrel maturation characters. The wine is full bodied and multi-layered with solid ripe, but elegant, tannins giving it a strong backbone and a long chewy finish. Rich and flavoursome, this well balanced wine has excellent cellaring potential.