Tuesday, January 4, 2011

2010 Kalleske Clarry’s (Grenache Shiraz Mataro, Barossa Valley)

2010 is shaping up as a great vintage for some regions that have had it pretty tough of late in terms of vintages such as the Yarra, Heathcote, and the Barossa. This is the first red wine I’ve had from 2010 in the Barossa and it bodes very well for other offerings from Kalleske as well as wineries more generally in the region.

It’s similar to the 2009 in many ways, but the main difference is that it’s a step up in quality and enjoyment (and I liked the 09). It has a lovely perfumed, floral nose with an interesting touch of smokiness. The highlight for me of this wine, however, is its intensity and drive. An intensity and drive that made me sit back and take notice, especially when you are thinking you’re just going to be drinking a pleasant, early drinking GSM. Flavours of berries, spice, and liquorice course with a sense of purpose through the mid palate before delivering a long, earthy finish. Fine, yet grippy tannins provide a satisfying chewiness at the end.

The fruit and structure of the wine certainly point towards ageworthiness, though to be honest it’s so enjoyable now that I’d be drinking it over the next couple of years. With an $18 RRP, and as something that can be picked up even cheaper, it’s a no-brainer of a purchase. Most importantly of all it received the seal of approval from the Missus. 4 Stars.


RRP: $18
ABV: 14.5%
Website: http://www.kalleske.com/


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