Made by the famous Kalleske family, who've been growing grapes in the Barossa since the 1850s, this is the sister wine to 93 point 'Jack' Shiraz. Named after Troy's grandfather, Hermann 'Harry' Nietschke, who farmed the family vineyards at Koonunga from the early 1900s, this classic blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro shows lovely perfumed aromatics with juicy fruits and fine tannins. 'Harry' is a beautifully balanced GSM. There is spice and perfume, yet also powerful ripe fruit and supple tannins. It's a wine that Harry would certainly be proud of.
Nietschke Harry GSM utilises select Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro blocks across the North Western Barossa, including many old vines, to make this classic Barossa blend. Soil is shallow, sandy loam over superb deep red clay.
The Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro grapes were harvested in numerous lots from mid March to late April. Following fermentation for 7 to 10 days on skins in open top fermenters with hand pump-overs twice daily, the grapes were pressed and the wine was aged in hogshead barrels for a year. Only seasoned French and American barrels were used to preserve the bright fruit characters. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Nietschke 2017 Harry GSM is deep purple-red in colour. Ripe red fruits dominate on the aroma. There is also blueberries, flowers, clove spice, musk and a hint of black tea. The palate is medium-bodied with plenty of fresh fruits. The juicy Grenache is perfectly framed with rich Shiraz and chewy Mataro. There are dominant flavours of red licorice, spiced plum and a hint of jam. It is extremely plush with super fine tannins adding a beautiful structure. The finish is full and long completing a delightfully balanced wine. Nietschke Harry GSM is best enjoyed now or over the next 5 years.
In 1838 two ships are sailing bound for Australia, aboard the Zebra is Samuel Johann Nietschke and on the Prince George is Johann Georg Kalleske. They are both pioneering grapegrowing families who make the Barossa their new home. Now step forward 130 years in time to 1968 and these two families join when John Kalleske marries Lorraine Nietschke. Their sons Tony, Kym and Troy run the vineyard and the more recently established winery. However it was Lorraine’s forbears who originally made wine well before the current Kalleske boys decided to try their hand. The Nietschke family established a winery on the banks of the Jacob’s Creek soon after they planted vines in the 1840’s. To honour Lorraine’s lineage and the inspiration they have bestowed, this wine proudly bears the Nietschke name.
SAM KIM - WINE ORBIT
Wonderfully ripe and fragrant, the wine shows dark cherry, plum, vanilla, toasted nut and subtle game characters on the nose. The palate is equally satisfying with excellent mid palate weight and fleshy mouthfeel, finishing persistent and silky. Flavoursome and soothingly delicious. At its best: now to 2023.