Kalleske Moppa Shiraz 2016 | From Grange to Kalleske… follow the grapes!
Kalleske Moppa Shiraz 2016 projects midnight purple in color with glass-staining tears. Lavish aromas of sweet blackberry compote, cherry preserves, and blueberry with notes of toast and vanilla. Rich and powerful on entry, yet lively with vibrant acidity. In addition, framed by fine-grained tannins wrapped around a core of more savory and earth flavors. Also giving way to exotic spice, which nicely compliments the dark berry fruit. Long finish.
95JS | Kalleske Moppa Shiraz has deep dark stony characters on the nose. There’s impressive ripe dark plum, chocolate too; great evenness and depth.
Winery | Kalleske Moppa Shiraz is dark purple-black in color. Notably bright and fragrant. Also lifted aromatics of blueberry, musk, milk chocolate, cinnamon spice, and potpourri. While the palate is rich, smooth and full-bodied. Yet juicy and bursting with flavors of red and black fruits. Plus subtle oak adds complexity without detracting from the primary bright fruits. Fine natural tannins integrate well giving stylish structure. Harmonious overall balance makes this an easy drinking but intensely flavored and deep Shiraz. Rich and opulent with pure fruits dominating to a long finish. Enjoy this expressive Moppa 2016 now or cellar medium to long term.
Kalleske Family | Biodynamic Pioneers
The Kalleske family has been growing grapes in the Barossa Valley since 1853. While pioneers in the field of organic and biodynamic viticulture, the Kalleskes became the first producers in the Barossa Valley to be certified organic and biodynamic in 1998. Since stewardship of the land translates directly to the glass in the incredible purity and rich fruit present in the Kalleske wines. The Kalleske Moppa Shiraz 2016 is no exception—though it is exceptional.
Harvested from low-yielding vines, some surpassing 50 years of age, the Kalleske Moppa Shiraz 2016 benefited from a hot, dry growing season, which produced magnificent ripeness and concentration in Shiraz berries. 90% Shiraz was blended with a touch of Petit Verdot and Viognier for added complexity, then aged for 13 months in 25% new oak barrels, introducing well-integrated hints of chocolate and spice. Winemaker Troy Kalleske, who himself spent time at Penfolds, has crafted a rich and powerful yet seamless example of Barossa Valley Shiraz.
Same vineyard as $500+ Penfolds Grange | Troy & Tony Kalleske
For six generations, the Kalleske family’s bold and juicy Shiraz went into the top bottlings in Australia. Namely those of Penfolds Grange—the Barossa Valley producer called an Australian First Growth, and the recipient of numerous 100-point scores from Robert Parker. But when the seventh generation of Kalleskes—brothers Troy and Tony—took the helm of the 150-year-old family business, they decided it was finally time to make wine under their own name.
So, t didn’t take long for the Kalleske winery to produce wines collectors are ranking alongside the iconic Penfolds Shiraz. Of course including this Kalleske Moppa Shiraz 2016. While in his 94- to 95-point review, James Suckling celebrated its “impressive ripe dark plum, chocolate too” and “great evenness and depth.” If you’re new to Australian wine, there might not be a better entry point. And if you’re experienced, we ask that you leave a little for everyone else.