|Wine||Kalleske “JMK” VP Shiraz|
|Region||Barossa Valley (Greenock)|
|Wine Maker||Troy Kalleske|
Wine lovers of the world, I bring you something that is not overly common here in this state of South Australia in terms of the VP Shiraz. I personally love a good VP Shiraz, and the 2015 Kalleske is under my review tonight.
To make a VP Shiraz, the alcohol content is higher than what you would see in a normal vintage Shiraz. In the Barossa, most Shiraz’s are approximately around the 15% Alc/Vol. mark. In order to make a VP Shiraz, they add a grape spirit to halt the fermentation process. What this does is keeps the natural grape sweetness in the wine. They then add brandy spirit, (in this case, new and old up to 22-year-old spirit to add complexity.) Brandy Spirit is used in making fortified wines, and this spirit is at 75% Alc/Vol. This in turns runs this wine up in its alcohol percentage.
So, what does this particular wine have to offer?
Colour: Deep violet-purple, with a semi deep mauve hue. It’s a beautiful looking wine. I don’t think the photo bellow does this wine justice.
Aroma: Dried prunes, blackberry, mulberry, brandy, coffee, liquorice and tobacco.
Palate: It has a quite thick mouth feel; sweet, and full bodied. Sweetened stewed plums, and candied black fruit start off this wine. It then turns into another dimension with savoury elements coming into play such as liquorice and tobacco. I was intrigued to find that this wine finishes off with the taste of black pepper, but then it does work alongside the ripe flavour of fresh blackberries, as the trickle of warm brandy spirit slightly warms up as it runs down the back of your throat. The lasting taste of blackberry is just coated around your palate making this one hell of a drink. If you enjoy this wine by itself after a couple of minutes, I was picking up nuances of blackcurrant and liquorice as well. This wine just carries itself so well.
Personal thoughts: One hell of an intriguing wine. The longer I spent with it, the more interesting it became. I usually like to drink this style of wine accompanying a nicely cooked Kangaroo fillet. (By nicely cooked, I do mean rare). But then this is the style of wine that lends itself to matching up with those big game meats like kangaroo and venison. However, I found that this particular VP shiraz works perfectly well one its own. I am not much of a sweet tooth, but found that the oak and the savoury texture on the mid palate of this wine was able to turn the overall sweetness down and for me, and thus, make a wine that I feel is more complete. I really enjoyed this wine, and I now must keep an eye out for other vintages. Really impressive I was not thinking it was going to be this good.
The SA Wine Guy