The 2018 vintage was superb. Winter was slightly wetter than average getting the vines off to a brilliant start leading them into Spring which was warmer and drier than average. Rain in early December refreshed the vines and ensured they remained strong and healthy for the overall dry and hot Summer. Autumn also remained dry with perfect Autumnal temperatures leading into harvest. The 2018 yields are good and the quality is excellent, a classic Barossa vintage.
Nietschke 2018 Shiraz is deep red in colour with purple hues. It is very uplifting with inviting aromas of chocolate cake, plum jam, cinnamon spice, roses and a hint of toasty mocha oak. The palate is full-bodied with rich dark fruits. It is generous, mouth-filling and beautifully balanced. Along with red and black fruits are subtle oak barrel notes giving complexity and dimension. Tannins are mild and well-integrated adding structure without obtrusion. A lengthy finish completes this wine. Nietschke is a fine Barossa Shiraz that will cellar gracefully in the medium term
The Kalleske family have been growing grapes in the Barossa Valley since 1853 – they are known as one of the premier viticulture families in Australia, with seventh generation family members still active in the industry today. Situated near the village of Greenock in South Australia’s Barossa Valley, Kalleske occupies organic vineyard sites, growing premium fruit for their boutique range. The vineyards vary in age with oldest dating back to 1875 and the youngest being around 50 years old. Traditional winemaking techniques with biodynamically managed vineyards characterises the winemaking process. Winemaker Troy Kalleske focuses on expressing the unique characteristics of each individual vineyard site throught the range of Kalleske wines.