May 10, 2015

#WW 2012 Kalleske Moppa Shiraz

We came across this little beaut of a wine at our favorite Southern hemisphere wine connection, Southern Latitues in Carmel Valley California. The wine was selected because we had not had this before and we are always looking for a new taste. The wine, a 2012 Kalleske Moppa Shiraz from the Barossa Valley. The Moppa is predominantly Shiraz with a trace of Petit Verdot (10%) and Viognier (5%) blended in. The grapes are from ten different blocks on the Kalleske’s  organic farm, with the oldest of these blocks planted in 1961. In 1853 the Kalleske farm and vineyard was established at Moppa near Grennock in the Barossa Valley's north west. This wine was grown, vintage and matured on the Kalleske Estate.

Here are the winemaking notes right off the website;
WINEMAKING The Shiraz was harvested in numerous batches from February 24th to March 30th. The Viognier was harvested on March 12th and co-fermented with a portion of Shiraz. The Petit Verdot is a late ripener and was harvested on April 11th.  All batches were wild fermented in open top fermenters with hand pumpovers twice a day during fermentation. After 7 to 14 days on skins the fermented grapes were traditionally pressed. The wine was aged in hogshead barrels for eighteen months. Approximately 25% new French, American, Hungarian and Russian oak was used with the balance seasoned barrels. On completion of maturation, a small portion of Petit Verdot and Shiraz/Viognier was blended for added complexity.

What a treat this wine was to drink. The Moppa Shiraz is deep purple in color with a bright and garnet light reflection. It is quite fragrant with potpourri and cinnamon spice as well as dark fruit. The palate is full bodied, juicy and has a generous mouthful of red and black fruits. It is complex with subtle oak influence and smooth tannins adding a lovely structure.  It is very well balanced and is a very easy drinking but full flavored Shiraz. Generous and opulent the wine finishes with great fruit expression and lengthy integrated  tannins. Moppa 2012 is an expressive wine that can be enjoyed now or will probably cellar well for a few years. This was such a great find and at **** and a solid 7+ one to keep an eye out for. Will be looking to stop by the next time we are in town to check out this seven generation family property.

Happy Wine Adventures,

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