In 1838, merchant and miller, Johann Georg Kalleske migrated from Prussia, establishing a new life in South Australia. Today, seven generations later, descendant and fellow merchant and miller, Kym John Kalleske, farms our diverse Kalleske property established at Greenock in the North-Western Barossa in 1853. Continuing the family tradition, Kym is a miller of hay and a merchant of chaff, lamb and grapes. This Merchant Cabernet Sauvignon is a single vineyard wine that’s been hand pruned and harvested by Kym. Traditional winemaking and two years in barrel has ensured a full-bodied varietal Cabernet Sauvignon displaying classic structure and richness typical of the Kalleske vineyard.
This wine is 100% Organic / Biodynamic as certified by Australian Certified Organic.
- SA - Barossa
- South Australia
“Yet another Kalleske brother (Kym) is involved with this wine, as he alone prunes the vines and picks the grapes, a break from his other farming and merchant activities. The vintage was kind to cabernet, and the grapes were picked at optimum ripeness, the varietal expression on the mediumbodied palate clear and uncluttered”Rating 92 - Drink by 2020 - James Halliday, Wine Companion October/November 2012
“Single vineyard Barossa cabernet. Greenock sub-region. Matured in all French oak, 30 percent new – for two years. Comes in the sexy new proprietary Kalleske bottles. It’s a grapey wine. Dark, flavoursome, distinctly Barossan – but fresh and juicy. Boysenberried, almost. Twists of herbs mark it as cabernet but dark, fleshy, curranty flavours are the main go. The tannin feels every bit like chewy on thick-skinned grapes. Even flow through the finish. Will be very interesting
to see how this matures. It has an effortless sense of balance to it.”91+ PointsDrink: 2014 - 2019 - Campbell Mattinson, the Wine Front, March 27th 2012
“Kalleske A ripe and pungent cabernet from this excellent Barossa vintage. Blackcurrant and slightly meaty characters on the nose. The palate is generous and textural as it rolls off the tongue. Fine tannins and perfectly integrated oak create a seamless, silky-smooth palate. There’s density and concentration, with super length and a polished finish”4 Stars - Ray Jordan, Weekend West Magazine, Perth 16/06/2012
Winery Tasting Notes
Merchant Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 is purple-red in colour.
The inviting nose displays varietal red fruits, cherry and mulberry with a hint of choc mint and tobacco.
The medium to full bodied palate is well balanced with flavours of juicy plum, red cherry and subtle oak. Tannins are fine and elegant adding harmony. There is good seamless structure and complexity with enough power but under control giving good balance. This stylish Cabernet is completed by a lingering varietal finish.
Merchant is a classic Barossa Cabernet that can be equally enjoyed now or in a decade.