Kalleske Johann Georg Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2012

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Kalleske Johann Georg Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2012

79.00

"Superb depth and poise.” 97 points, The Wine Advocate

One swirl of the Johann Georg Shiraz 2012 and your glass becomes a gothic stained-glass window saturated in translucent purple. Breathe in the aromas. Close your eyes. Can you hear harps? You should hear harps.* Open your eyes (if only for the purposes of reading on). What a firework display of aromas! Violets, cassis sorbet, dark chocolate, vanilla seeds, tonka bean, blackcurrant pastilles, wood polish, star anise, to name but a few. You will have your own impressions, but what makes it so special is the harmony between the bass notes (brooding black fruits) and the treble notes (pudding spices, purple flowers). Too many New World reds play so loudly with the left hand that you can’t hear what the right hand is doing, but this wine is beautifully modulated. The palate is a tour de force. It tastes like they liquidised the Seven Deadly Sins. Deep, dark and beguiling, yet with a persistent sense of lift and energy, as if there’s an inner core sending wave after wave of flavour to the surface. Apart from Greed and Gluttony, there is no sin in drinking it now, but it has massive potential to improve over the next 15-30 years, when we suspect you will look back on this as one of the wisest purchases you ever made. 14% alc. Drink now-2050.

* the hearing of harps is a metaphor and is not guaranteed. If, however, you hear bagpipes, please return the bottle to us as this would indicate a fault.

(The Johann Georg is sourced from the oldest biodynamic vines in the world, planted in 1875. All estate-grown grapes. No pesticides or synthetic chemicals. All wild yeast. Natural malolactic fermentation. Open top fermenters. Hand pump overs.)

The Wine Advocate: “Deep garnet with a purple rim, the 2012 Shiraz Johann Georg gives a wonderfully perfumed nose of exotic spices - cumin seeds, star anise and Chinese five spice - over a core of warm blueberries and blackberries plus a hint of cedar. Full-bodied yet with great freshness and not at all heavy, the palate offers layers of baked berry and spicy flavours supported by velvety tannins and finishing with superb depth and poise.” 97 points

The Australian Wine Companion: “Monumental in some ways, seamless in others. Thick leather, blackberry and mocha notes lead through to a long, supple, well-mannered and even-tempered finish. Brute in a tuxedo. Quite exemplary.” 96 points

The Wine Front: “Yes, it’s tremendous. Best since the 2005. Slinky smooth but then grunty and powerful through the finish. Mannered but plenty of muscle. Blackberry, plum, chocolate and coffee. Saltbush. Essence of Barossa Shiraz, without being overblown or overdone.” 96 points

Robert Parker: “One of the greatest revelations of my Australian tastings this year was Kalleske… turning out magnificently concentrated, full throttle reds that are indigenous to the top echelon of Southern Australian producers. In fact, there is nothing like these wines anywhere else in the world. Readers should make every effort to get in on the ground floor as I predict fame and fortune for Kalleske.”

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