“Hand-picked fruit from the 2.2ha single-estate East Block vineyard in Greenock. No whole bunches. Wild fermented initially, hand plunged and basket pressed. Matured 20 months in 40% new French, 40% seasoned French, 10% new American and 10% seasoned American oak hogsheads. Released unfined and unfiltered. 629 dozen. Full, vibrant purple. The plush, sweet fruit and milk-chocolate core that signifies Greenock is scaffolded masterfully in a web of firm tannins, both fruit- and oak-derived. Red and blue fruits of all kinds abound, set to a bright line of natural acidity that keeps everything on track through a long finish. Engineered for the long haul with Shawn Kalleske precision.” 94 Points – Tyson Stelzer, Halliday Wine Companion 2022
The Kalleskes’ Greenock Shiraz was planted in 1999 on land that had been in the family for nearly 150 years but had only been used for grazing sheep and crops. Shawn Kalleske was convinced that Greenock’s ironstone soils would be perfect for growing Shiraz, and from day one the family have been excited by the results. Specifically, the 2018 was sourced from a single vineyard known as the East Block, an own-rooted site planted to a mix of clones including the original 1890 Greenock property Shiraz clone. The fruit was open-top fermented and basket-pressed before spending 20 months in mainly new and seasoned French oak hogsheads.