PIRATHON by Kalleske

PIRATHON by Kalleske 2014 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, ensuring the true expression of the vineyards in the bottle.

Pirathon Shiraz 2014 is dark red-black in colour. The aroma displays a diversity of characters including dark plum, cocoa, savoury spice, Christmas cake, dried herbs, blueberry and nutty oak. The palate is full bodied with flavours of dark red and black fruits complimented by background toasty oak. The natural tannins are mildly chalky but stylish and well integrated giving a faultless structure. A generous length and persistent finish completes this very well balanced wine. Pirathon is a paramount expression of north-western Barossa that will reward time in the cellar for 5-10 years.
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