Troy Kalleske, is a seventh generation Barossan whose family has been growing grapes since 1853. Troy grew up amongst the vines and from a young age and was grape picking / pruning the vines planted by his great-great-great grandfather many years earlier.
In 1999 Troy graduated with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Oenology) Degree from the University of Adelaide. During his studies Troy was awarded no less than three scholarships, including the prestigious South Australian Wine and Brandy Industry Association Medal for Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Oenology).
Following university, Troy was part of the winemaking team at Penfolds, Veritas, Seppelts, Miranda, Lindemans, and Kendall-Jackson.
Troy established Kalleske Wines in 2002, with his brother Tony, on his family’s property at Greenock. The wines of Kalleske are all estate grown and vinified with all grapes and wines certified organic and biodynamic. Minimalist winemaking techniques are employed to fully capture the essence of the vineyard, allowing genuine hand-crafted estate wines to be produced. Since the release of the first wines in 2004, Kalleske has rapidly gained a reputation for producing top-quality hand crafted wines. In 2008 Troy was named Winemaker of the Year by Barons of Barossa and in 2007 he was awarded the V-Know People’s Choice Young Gun of Wine Award. More recently in 2009, Troy is the winemaker behind “Australia’s Best Shiraz”, after Kalleske was awarded the Trophy for Australia’s Best Shiraz at the International Wine Challenge in London and in 2010 they were awarded Best Red Wine of Show at the Australia/NZ Organic Wine Show and in 2011 the trophy for ‘Best Wine of Show’ at the Shanghai International Wine Challenge, China. The awards continued in 2012 where Kalleske were awarded three trophies at the London International Wine Challenge: International Biodynamic Trophy, Australian Red Trophy and Barossa GSM Trophy. In 2012 Troy Kalleske was inducted as a Baron of Barossa by wine fraternity Barons of Barossa.
2016 Clarry’S GSM
Clarry’s is produced in South Australia’s Barossa Valley, by the Kalleske family who have been farming and growing grapes since the 1800s. It is a genuine estate wine - grown, vintaged and matured on the Kalleske estate at Greenock. Clarry’s is named in honour of winemaker, Troy Kalleske’s, Grandfather, Clarence “Clarry” Kalleske, who farmed the Kalleske vineyards from the late 1920s until his retirement in the 1990s. Clarry was the fourth generation member to tend the vines on the Kalleske family farm, established by his great grandparents who migrated from Prussia to South Australia in 1838 aboard the Prince George. Many years were spent by Clarry pruning, hand- picking and nurturing the Kalleske vineyards.
Vintage 2016 was hot and dry resulting in grapes ripening earlier than average. Winter and Spring rainfall was down by 38% whilst growing season temperatures were up by three degrees. Some welcome rain came at the end of January refreshing the vines and giving them good moisture to ripen to maturity. Yields from 2016 are solid and importantly quality is stunning. 2016 is certainly a star vintage with bright intense wines of great flavour intensity and inherent balance.
The 2016 Clarry’s is a blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro, with all grapes from the Kalleske’s organic farm. The Grenache is from low-yielding sandy soils from vines dating back to the 1940s, while the Shiraz and Mataro are sourced from a number of select blocks on the Kalleske estate with soil generally consisting of shallow, sandy loam over superb deep red clay and limestone, providing ideal conditions for these vines.
The Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro blocks were harvested from February 15th through to April 5th. All varieties were fermented separately in open top fermenters with hand pumpovers twice a day during fermentation. After seven to fourteen days on skins the fermented grapes were traditionally pressed. To preserve the superb fresh fruit flavours of the Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro, wines were only aged in very old oak hogsheads and only for a limited time of four months. On completion of maturation, components were blended for balanced flavour, texture and complexity.
2016 Clarry’s GSM is dark red-purple in colour. The aromatics are amazing. There is a captivating display of vivid plum, rose florals, candy, spice and blackberry. Equally engaging is the medium bodied, full flavoured palate. Juicy berries splash throughout the ripe and smooth palate. Intense pure fruit is the drive of this wine whilst fine supple tannins and mineral nuances add structure and complexity. A very lengthy finish completes this well-balanced GSM. Clarry’s is an approachable, fruit-driven and opulent wine that is best enjoyed now or over the next five years.
2017 Eduard Old Vine Shiraz
Pronounced (Ade-ward), was named after one of the original Kalleske clan who worked the vineyards til the 1880’s.
Vintage 2017 was an excellent year. The wines from 2017 are strong with deep and vibrant colour, excellent fruit definition and solid but integrated tannin structure ensuring longevity for the wines. The 2017 growing season began with slightly above average Winter rainfall however Spring and early Summer were very dry with 40% less rain than normal. Temperatures were also up with the Spring/Summer growing season being an average of 2 degrees C warmer. However, this dry and warm season changed dramatically in mid-February with 100mm of rain falling, the wettest February day in 45 years. This slowed the ripening of the grapes considerably and combined with average mild temperatures in March (25.7 degrees C) a steady ripening of the grapes ensued. This ensured good flavour and moderate sugar development producing outstanding quality.
Eduard is sourced from three vineyard blocks on the Kalleske property that were planted between 1905 and 1971. Vines are dry grown and produce low yields. The soil is sandy loam with excellent clay subsoil.
The old Shiraz vines were harvested between March 17th and March 26th and the grapes gently destemmed into small open top fermenters. The grapes were fermented for 8-10 days on skins where hand pump overs were employed twice daily. The must was traditionally pressed and immediately filled to new and seasoned French & American oak hogsheads where it completed fermentation. The wine was matured for two years prior to bottling.
Eduard Shiraz 2017 is inky opaque crimson in colour. The aroma displays big obvious fruits including cherries, plums, blackcurrants and brandied prunes. There’s also raisins and a slight whiff of liquorice. After time, sweet spice emerges as well as some charming oak. The palate confirms the complexity and expectation inferred by the aroma. The first sip gives you an abundance of freshly picked ripe plums and blackcurrant and then some coffee and prune emerges. Full-bodied and mouth-filling, there is a great touch of fine natural tannin towards the end to titivate after the explosion of intense fruit with stately oak adding further complexity. The finish is what’s expected from this venerable old vine Shiraz, very lengthy. Extremely enjoyable now, but this wine will go for 10 years or more.
2018 Greenock Single Vineyard Shiraz
“If this wine had the word Penfolds on the front label it would be sold at three times the price. If you like Barossa shiraz, Kalleske Greenock Shiraz should sit in the centre of your sights. Another stunner under this label. So smooth, so rich, so grunty, so substantial. It’s a wine of warm, inky depths and long, fruit-drenched tannin. Vanilla cream, blackberry, saturated plums and cloves. A mouth-filling red, done terrifically well”.
Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, October 7 2016.
Vintage 2018 produced excellent wines. It began with a wet Winter followed by a very dry growing season with less than half the average rainfall. Spring was warmer than average leading to an earlier budburst and early vintage. Summer brought average temperatures, ensuring the dry conditions were not stressful to the vines, and a slow even ripening ensued. Quality is brilliant, certainly one of the highlights in recent years.
Kalleske Greenock Shiraz is sourced from a single vineyard, located on the Western edge of the Greenock Creek in the Northern Barossa Valley. The vineyard consists of shallow, sandy loam soil over superb deep red clay and limestone, providing ideal conditions for Shiraz vines.
The grapes were harvested on February 17th from a single vineyard, the “Greenock” block. After picking, the grapes were destemmed into open top fermenters. They were fermented warm with hand pumpovers twice a day for 8 days on skins prior to pressing. After pressing off skins the wines were filled to a mix of 30% new and the balance used American and French oak hogsheads. The wines completed primary fermentation and underwent natural malolactic fermentation in barrel. The wine was matured in barrel for sixteen months prior to bottling.
Greenock Shiraz 2018 is dark red-black in colour. It is aromatically very lifted and expressly attractive with ripe fruits, sweet & savoury spice, Christmas cake, blueberry, dark chocolate, rose perfume and a hint of toast. The dense palate continues with these beautiful rich fruit flavours complexed by background oak. It is a very full-bodied wine of great depth and intensity. Whilst a solid wine, it has balance and freshness about it. The natural tannins are very fine, giving a lightly grippy and enticing structure. There are many layers to this Shiraz, with engrossment at every level. The finish is remarkably long and extremely engaging. Greenock is a complex Barossa Shiraz that has a long cellaring future.