94 Points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion

REVIEWS

"Startling quality. Fresh berried fruit with firm, boney ribs of tannin. Not at all the easy-going quaffer the price might suggest. Licorice, cloves, toast and that sure flush of squished red and black berries. Firmness of tannin is a chief distinguishing factor." - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion

WHY WE'RE DRINKING IT
  • VARIETAL
    Rhone Blend
  • APPELLATION
    Barossa Valley, Australia
  • ALCOHOL
    14.00%
  • SIZE
    750ml

The Kalleske Family are masters of the Barsossa! They're one of the region's leading grape growing families, dating back to the mid-1850s. Their "Clarry's GSM is one of their most popular wines and sells out quickly at the winery. The 2014 "Clarry's" delivers for those who crave a "New World" Rhone Blend that has tons of irresistible red berry fruit and layer upon layer of spice. Beyond the upfront fruit, the wine has incredible energy and lift not always associated with Barossa Valley blends. There's also ample muscular structure and great length on the palate.

All the fruit is 100% estate sourced off the banks of Greenock Creek, a prestigious sub-zone within the Barossa. This is classically made by Aussie standards; hand picked grapes thrown into open-top fermenters and basket pressed. The wine is aged in very old oak hogsheads for a year to preserve the fruit component. The "Clarry's" is anchored with old-vine Grenache that dates back to1940. The balance is composed of dry-farmed Shiraz (Syrah) and Mataro (Mourvedre).

I'm stoked that Kalleske is being imported back in the United States. I wasn't sure why they dropped out of distribution, but they're back. Only a small percentage of this production came into the country. Based on its track record and my personal affection for the wine, I took half the allocation that came into California. You're not going to find this in the mass market, and expect to pay between $26 to $30 for this bottling at other select outlets. Time to order up and experience one of the Barossa's iconic wines!

TASTING NOTES 

Winemaker's Notes:
"Clarry’s GSM 2014 is vivid purple in color. There are inviting and lifted aromatics of wild berries, rose perfume, marzipan, all-spice, raspberry, musk, licorice and a touch of forest earth. The medium-bodied palate is filled with juicy berry fruits. Fresh and bright, slatey tannins add backbone and structure. The hallmark of this well balanced wine is the purity of fruit, respected by limited maturation in seasoned barrels. Very drinkable, this GSM is completed by a lengthy finish. This is an approachable, fruit-driven and opulent wine that is best enjoyed now or over the next five years."

THE STORY TO KNOW

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 region's 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 traditional winemaking techniques ensure the vineyard realises its full potential as wine.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

Pair with zesty barbecue steak or barbecue brisket sandwich.