Who makes it?
Clarry’s is just one of the succulent red wines from Kalleske. Australian winelover’s will already know that Kalleske is a family wine estate based in the renowned Barossa Valley in South Australia. A wine region that is perhaps internationally best known for its bold red wines. The family has been growing grapes since 1853, putting them amongst the original settlers in the region. Troy and Tony Kalleske are the seventh generation and the brothers established the wine brand and the winery.
The first vintage release was in 2004. What is particularly impressive is that the estate has been certified as Organic and Biodynamic since 1998. Long before many other estates in the world.
How do they make it?
Clarry’s is a classic southern Rhone region red blend. It is a blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro (or Mourvedre). Some of the vines the grapes are sourced from were first planted around 1940. Those vines are low yielding and produces wines that are concentrated and complex. To keep this wine in the fresh fruity range, the wine spends just 4 months in very old oak.
What does it taste like?
This wine is a fragrant blend of plum, raspberries and thyme with some light cinnamon spice. It is a dry red with a fuller body and supple tannins. The fruit is fresh and bright. There is a silky, fleshiness to those tannins though that gives the wine a poise.
As always, when you can find this wine on the shelves in Australia, it is remarkable value.
What to drink it with?
Enjoy Clarry’s with red meat dishes and grilled Mediterranean vegetarian dishes. A beef and ale pie, bangers and mash, lasagne will all be a delicious match.
This Barossa Valley red blend is a good match for hard cheese such as Cheddar, Comte and Manchego. Also some people like to drink this fruity red with Stilton.
Quickie review « Fresh, bright and poised. This is a reliable blend and excellent value. »
Country of Origin: Barossa Valley, Australia
Tasting Date: January 2023
Price: UK £24 | AUD 23 |USD$ 35++
Drink: now – 3+ years
Needs food: no
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