The Barossa Valley was for too long synonymous with high alcohol, over-oaked, over-sweet, entry-level Shiraz and Chardonnay. The extensive vine-pulling in the 1970s and ‘80s to make way for those two grapes, fortunately did not extend to the Kalleske estate from which the Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro (“GSM”) grapes in this blend originate. The Kalleske family has been growing grapes in the region since the 1800s. Clarry, after whom this wine is named, is Clarence, a 4th generation Kalleske who tended the vines till his retirement in 1990 and is grandfather of the current wine-maker.
Grenache provides fruit and alcohol to a blend and in the Clarry’s GSM is from old vines dating back to the 1940s and 1960s which helps provide concentrated flavours. Shiraz adds structure and perfume and Mataro or Mourvèdre tannins and savoury flavours. To preserve the superb fresh fruit flavours of the wine, it was aged in very old oak hogsheads and only for a limited time of six months. Larger, used barrels mean the oak flavours are not so intense.
This 2018 vintage is 51% Grenache, 43% Shiraz and 6% Mataro or Mourvèdre. It is deep in colour, quite full-bodied and complex so you might expect quite a punchy wine. But it is in fact extremely elegant; aromas are predominantly fruity with ripe raspberries, mulberries and plums and hints of dried herbs and cloves.
It is mouth-wateringly rich with juicy fruit flavours – both red and black fruits including cherries and ripe plums – and hints of milk chocolate and mocha coffee. This is quite a warming wine but at the same time it is rich and smooth with lovely flavours that last a long, long time.
Drink with ribeye or sirloin steaks, roast ham, lamb, turkey, game and with spicy foods such as Indonesian, Chinese or Mexican dishes; as it is not too heavy this wine can also be drunk on its own
"Amazingly lifted and bright, there are bountiful aromatics of dark plum, violet, ripe raspberry, musk, sarsaparilla, cinnamon and a touch of dried herbs. The palate is generous and mouth-filling. It is well rounded with lavish flavours of ripe berries, dark fruits and a trace of choc mint. There are engaging fine natural tannins giving a seamless and elegant structure. An alluring radiance of fruit purity prevails throughout, with limited seasoned barrel maturation adding complexity and softness.
Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro all work in harmony together delivering a layered wine of ample flavour, splendid structure and a lingering finish. Clarry’s is an approachable, fruit-driven and opulent GSM that is best enjoyed now or over the next five years.”
92 points Decanter World Wine Awards 2019
"Opulently crafted, with aromas of sweet berries, coconut, vanilla and dense plums. BBQ tinge on the palate, with firm tannins balancing the fruit concentration."
89 points Wine Enthusiast Jan 2019
"From one of Barossa's historic family producers, the oldest vines for this wine date back to 1940. The wine itself is dense and ripe, leading with plush briar fruit, vanilla, chocolate and a meaty peppery spice in the background. The palate is equally fruity and weighty, with slightly blocky wood notes but is saved by tightly structured tannins on the finish which provide much needed focus and lift. Drink now through 2026."
James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
5 Star Winery & one of the Best Wineries of the Barossa Valley Region