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. As you can read in the Limited Edition Kalleske Old Vine Shiraz notes, 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.
The 2014 Clarry’s is similar to the 2013 in that 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
"Clarry’s GSM 2014 is vivid purple in colour. There are inviting and lifted aromatics of wild berries, rose perfume, marzipan, all-spice, raspberry, musk, licorice and a touch of forest earth. The medium-bodied palate is filled with juicy berry fruits. Fresh and bright, slatey tannins add backbone and structure. The hallmark of this well balanced wine is the purity of fruit, respected by limited maturation in seasoned barrels. Very drinkable, this GSM is completed by a lengthy finish. This is an approachable, fruit-driven and opulent wine that is best enjoyed now or over the next five years.
Vintage 2014 was an excellent year. The wines from 2014 are strong with deep and vibrant colour, excellent fruit definition and solid but integrated tannin structure ensuring longevity for the wines.”
94 Points James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion Jul 2015
“Startling quality. Fresh berried fruit with firm, boney ribs of tannin. Not at all the easy-going quaffer the price might suggest. Licorice, cloves, toast and that sure flush of squished red and black berries. Firmness of tannin is a chief distinguishing factor.”.
James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
5 Star Winery & one of the Best Wineries of the Barossa Valley Region
90 points Vinous Mar 2016
"Deep ruby. Perfumed, spice-accented aromas of black raspberry, cherry and candied rose. Sappy and appealingly sweet, offering primary red berry and cherry-vanilla flavors sharpened by a suggestion of white pepper. Finishes with silky tannins, lingering spice and floral notes and noteworthy energy and lift."
89 points Robert Parker Jun 2015
“Medium garnet-purple in color, the 2014 Clarry's Gsm displays expressive black raspberry, black cherry and black pepper notes with hints of spice box and dusty earth. Medium-bodied, it fills the mouth with pepper-laced red and black berry flavors supported by chewy tannins and finishing with good length.“