Old Vine Grenache is made from a single vineyard planted in 1935 as bush vines on the Kalleske farm. The vineyard soil is shallow sand with light clay subsoil and the grapes are entirely dry-grown ensuring intensely flavoured fruit.
After fermentation on skins for thirteen days the must was traditionally basket pressed and then filled to barrel. The wine was matured in American and French oak hogsheads for two years prior to bottling. An intense, rich and robust Barossa Grenache.:
The wine is deep red in colour. The nose displays enticing aromas of raspberry, licorice, rose petal and dusty pepper spice. On the fullbodied palate there are flavours of fleshy fruit, cherries and a touch of earth. Tannins are fine and tight and a layered structure enhances this complex wine. The finish lingers for a very long time with intense Grenache flavours. This distinguished wine drinks well now but is ideally suited for serious cellaring.
Kalleske Old Vine Grenache 2008 is dark crimson in colour. It has a powerful nose displaying aromas
of Turkish delight, exotic spices, clove, black fruits, rose petal, licorice and a touch of dark chocolate
mint. The palate is solid and full-bodied with plenty of fleshy dark fruit flavours. Light dusty tannins add good structure and mouthfeel. Layers of flavor and texture make a complex wine that is very long to finish. This distinguished Grenache drinks well now but is well suited for time in the cellar.
The nose is huge, it rushes out of the glass as you are pouring it even, full of intense pepper and spice hints, over a core of liqueur cherry and plum fruit, a lovely meaty edge plus hints of florals. The palate too is rich and ripe, chock full of deep plum, raspberry and cherry fruit, with no hints of Grenache confectionary. This is serious stuff, it finishes bone dry with savoury ripe tannins on a very long expressive finish with just a hint of chocolate. This is a Grenache with intensity, structure and the ability to cellar into something special ... great wine!
Complex aromas, perfumed almost, inviting, beguiling, sweet but in a savory way, never tripping the fine line of stunning fullness and over extraction. Licorice, dark berries, herbs, spice, cherries and earth on the nose leads to more of the same on the palate, with depth, length and power in lovely balance. Oak plays its supporting role beautifully, with fine tannins and subtle acidity rounding out the palate. A wonderful, must have wine from a fantastic vineyard and talented wine maker. the auswine panel