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2003 Kalleske Old Vine Grenache

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April 21, 2024 - $46



96-99Robert M. Parker Jr.

Fashioned from yields of less than one ton per acre. It is a savory, full-bodied offering with awesome intensity, purity, and overall harmony.



Kalleske is in the Barossa Valley, in South Australia. It was founded as a farm in the mid-19th century by Johann Georg Kalleske and his family, who had immigrated from Prussia. Today the Kalleske family still owns and operates the 500-acre farm, which includes 120 acres of vineyards. The vineyards are planted to Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot, Tempranillo, Chenin Blanc, Viognier and Semillon. Troy Kalleske, who represents the seventh generation of the family, is winemaker. Kalleske is best known for Shiraz. Robert M. Parker Jr. notes Troy Kalleske “appears to have a talent for turning out magnificently concentrated, full-throttle reds that are indigenous to the top echelon of South Australia producers.”


Australia, South Australia, Barossa Valley

South Australia is the nation’s most important wine region. South Australia is to Australia what California is to the U.S. About half of Australia’s wine comes from South Australia and many of the country’s most acclaimed producers are there. Wineries based in South Australia include Penfolds Grange, Torbreck, Amon Ra, Henschke and Jacob’s Creek. The prestigious Barossa Valley is located in South Australia, and is often compared to Napa Valley because it is gorgeous topography covered in grape vines. First farmed by 19th century German-speakers who immigrated from what is now Poland, the Barossa Valley is the crown jewel of the region. South Australia has widely varying climates, from very hot, dry areas to cooler, high altitude areas. There are more than 150,000 acres of vineyards in South Australia, with more being planted each month. Shiraz is king, though the region also produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Mourvedre, Chardonnay and Semillon.


Red Wine, Grenache

One of the most popular red varieties planted, it ripens late and prefers hot dry climates. It probably originated in Spain, where it is still widely grown. Grenache is best known for its use in Southern Rhone wines, including those of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.