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Kalleske Pirathon Shiraz 2006

June 30, 2008

If there is one Australian region bearing the image of mass-producer and marketeer of cheap and cheerful wines it has to be the Barossa Valley. The incorrectness of this image is proven by a group of 12 small producers united as the ‘Artisans of Barossa’, emphasizing traditions and terroir of the Barossa in a climate of increasing corporate power and dominance. One of them is Troy Kalleske, a young and dynamic winemaker who has put his signature on many a bottle. His latest project is Pirathon Shiraz, consisting of parcels of grapes from 7 different Barossan sub-districts, each contributing their own unique character to the final blend. Made with open top fermenters and basket presses, the resulting wine is an ultimate example of a rich and concentrated Barossan Shiraz. Its dark, nearly impenetrable deep purple colour is a prelude to a nose oozing aromas reminiscent of raspberries, dark plums, chocolate, olives, tar, coconut and spices. Regarding the fact the wine has spend two years in new and seasoned hogsheads, it testifies how well the fruit has absorbed the oak, showing a perfect balance between the two on a palate that is remarkable elegant for its 15 percent ABV. Hedonistic and satisfying, this is a signature Barossan Shiraz. 91 points.

Source: winery sample  Price: $30  Drink: Now-2015+