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  • Dedicated to fifth generation grapegrower, John Malcolm Kalleske (JMK)
  • Best Fortified Wine, Vintage Style of Show - Barossa Wine Show, 2016
  • JMK is a harmonious, soft and opulent wine
 

Tasting Notes
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Colour Purple-Red
Nose Inviting aromatics leap from the glass including macerated blackberries, anise, kirsch, marzipan, cassis, chocolate, raisins, musk and floral perfume.
Palate The full-bodied palate is rich and generous showing complex dark fruits balanced with a gently warming brandy spirit and controlled natural grape sweetness. Bright and intense in flavour, dense tannins add solid structure and definition. A vibrant fruit finish of incredible length completes this extremely well balanced fortified Shiraz.
Food Pairing Blue cheeses are a perfect match for this Vintage Port.
Cellaring 15+ Years
Notes Kalleske JMK Vintage fortified has been made in honour of John Malcolm Kalleske who has hand tended the vineyard where the fruit for this fabulous VP is sourced from for over 50 years. Kalleske's first attempt at a vintage fortified has seen it excel beyond belief. A very 'serious' style fortified without any of the candied sweetness sometimes evident in Australian 'ports', but a lip-smacking sweet/savoury blend that is at home more in Portugal than in the Barossa Valley.
Variety Shiraz
Body Full Bodied
Oak Type French & American
Vintage 2016
Region Barossa Valley
Country Australia
Sustainability Certified Organic
Alcohol 18.0%
Bottle Size 375ml (Half Bottle)
Closure Cork
Kalleske
With origins as grape growers, the Kalleske family has been supplying grapes to the Barossa Valley since 1853. After six generations in this model, brothers Troy and Tony established the Kalleske winery, producing premium, full-bodied wines from Barossa Valley fruit. Parents John and Lorraine manage the winery's 120-acre vineyard, which is home to Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon along with a range of reds and aromatic whites. The wines are vinified from low-yielding, estate grown fruit from the certified organic and biodynamic vineyard. Since 1988, it is the oldest certified vineyard in the Barossa. The vines themselves are even older, dating back to 1975 with an average age of 50 years. With such care in the vineyard, so too is it in the winery where the wines are crafted with minimal intervention. Winemaker Troy Kalleske has plenty of experience with Barossa fruit, having made wine at some of Australia's finest estates, including Seppelt Great Western, Lindemans, Penfolds and Seppeltsfield fortified winery as well as Vinwood Cellars in California.
Barossa Valley
The Barossa Valley is about an hour and a half drive to the North of Adelaide, in South Australia and is the oldest wine region in the country, founded by German settlers. The region can be credited with putting Australian wine on the world wine map, thanks to Shiraz, which thrives in the warm climate (though Hunter Valley Semillon also contributed.)



For many years traditionalist wine makers thought the grape variety was best suited to the cooler climates of the Rhone Valley and that the variety would cook and in the warmth of the Australian sun. Although South Australian Shiraz is a bigger, beefier wine than its southern French counterpart Syrah, no one can deny the regions propensity to produce world class wines.



Not only Shiraz is cultivated in Barossa Valley, with other red varieties such as Grenache, Mourvedre (Mataro) and to a lesser extent Cabernet Sauvignon. The white varieties that thrive best seem to be Semillon, Chardonnay and Rhone varietals like viognier, Marsanne and Roussane.



The Valley has many subregions which all have unique terroirs. Seppeltsfield, Marananga, Greenock are to name but a few. With a huge number of wineries in such a small area, and a host of accommodation, the region is very popular for wine-tourism. In the words of Master of Wine Jancis Robinson, the Barossa Valley became "Australia's quintessential wine region."
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James Halliday
Clean, pure, complex and compelling. The spice, the fruitcake, the boldness of blackberry, the wonderful purity of it. Worth every cent of the asking price, and then some.

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