PIRATHON by Kalleske



PIRATHON by Kalleske 2011 SHIRAZ

The grapes were harvested from the low-yielding vineyards of traditional family growers in the north-western Barossa districts of Greenock, Moppa, Belvedere, Stonewell, Seppeltsfield, Koonunga and Ebenezer. Each vineyard adds its own exclusive dimension to Pirathon Shiraz and combined they produce the ultimate blend.

The wine was entirely vintaged at the Kalleske winery at Greenock by Tony & Troy Kalleske. Following harvest, each individual lot of grapes was crushed into a separate open top fermenter. During fermentation, hand pump-overs gently extracted colour and flavour from the grapes. The fermented grapes were pressed with a traditional press. The wines were then filled to new and seasoned American, French, Russian and Hungarian oak hogsheads for maturation for eighteen months before each lot of wine was racked from the barrel and carefully blended. The wine was bottled without fining or filtration, ensuring the true expression of the vineyards in the bottle.

Pirathon Shiraz 2011 is deep purple-black in colour. The bouquet indicates a serious wine with enticing aromas of dark plum, cherry, chocolate, wild berry, perfume and spice. The wine is full-bodied and mouth-filling with dark red and black fruits, a chewy texture, integrated powdery tannins and a layered structure. The length is very generous and completes a flavoursome well-balanced wine with fruit, oak and tannins in harmony. Pirathon is a paramount expression of north-western Barossa Shiraz that will reward time in the cellar for 5-10 years.
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