Kalleske Wines in South Australia’s Barossa Valley has been leaving wine loving residents, tourists and visitors alike with plum stained lips as a result of their infamously, decadent range of wines available at their Greenock cellar door and winery. Their range of dark, velvety and, in some blends, chocolatey, wines will be available for you to try for yourself at this year’s Barossa Gourmet Weekend, Friday 31st August – Sunday 2nd September. The cellar door will be transformed into the perfect picnic precinct, so bring your friends, your appetite and your throw/Persian/plaid rug and let Amber Kalleske serenade you while you sip on a certified organic shiraz. In the lead-up to the event, we caught up with seventh generation Kalleske winemaker Troy Kalleske to chat biodynamic, certified organic, guilt-free vegan wine.
Your family have been making wine for generations so it?’s obviously in your blood. What?’s your earliest winemaking memory?
I remember being out among the vines with dad and mum, helping to pick grapes from a very young age and riding in the truck with dad, delivering the grapes to the winery. My earliest winemaking as a kid was discovering? several barrels of 1978 tawny port aging in our old stone shed. Me and my brothers and our friends regularly ‘inspected’ these barrels over the years to ensure it was all maturing fine! My first actual hands-on winemaking experience was at school – in year 10 we made wine in 20L buckets – it was rather rudimentary, but a good introduction into the principles of winemaking.
You favour traditional, handmade winemaking techniques – what impact does this have on the character/intensity/flavour of the wine?
With quality, organic grapes, the winemaking process is relatively straight-forward. We simply crush, ferment, press and barrel – no ‘tampering’ with them. We aim to capture the true essence of the vineyard in every finished bottle, resulting in genuine, naturally balanced and flavoursome wines.
Kalleske are also known for their minimal intervention wines, as well as for being organically grown and biodynamic. What does this mean for the consumer? What are the benefits – for the wine and the environment?
We believe in a holistic and natural approach to winemaking that focusses on the relationship between soil health, vine health, grape quality and minimalist winemaking techniques to produce premium quality wine. For over 150 years the Kalleske family has been living and working on our Greenock farm and, throughout this time, each generation has been vigilant in not only preserving, but also enhancing the natural environment. Soil and vine health is paramount for overall wine quality and organic, biodynamic farming. Organic and biodynamic practices in the vineyard and winery ensure the soil, air and surrounding waterways are not polluted with synthetic chemicals or fertilisers. The benefit to the consumer is that organic and biodynamic wines are healthier wines to drink, as they have no residual chemicals and few preservatives compared to other wines. They’re also vegan friendly!
For more information about Barossa Gourmet Weekend click here.