The Kalleske family has been involved in the wine industry in the Barossa Valley since the 1800s. Primarily they make wines with their estate-grown fruit, which is all produced using organic farming techniques, and minimal intervention in the winery. The Pirathon Shiraz is a slightly different case, the fruit for this wine is sourced from premium growers in the north-western Barossa, considered to be the pinnacle of “Pirathon” section for Shiraz. The wine is the result of a blend of grapes from these growers, the different vineyard locations adding complexity to the result.
Troy Kalleske, the winemaker, favours traditional vinification, using open fermenters and basket presses to maximise the flavours in the wine.
The 2012 Pirathon Shiraz is a delicious example of Barossa Shiraz. The lively yet brooding aromas are evident on opening the bottle and pouring the first glass, let alone plunging the nose in for a whiff. The wine pours deep purple to almost black, coating the inside of the glass. The aromas are of black fruits, plums and sweet blackberries, with a touch of black pepper spice and a backbone of oak. Despite being a full-bodied Barossa Shiraz, the Pirathon shows fine-grained tannins, and a luscious mouthfeel, dangerously easy to drink!
Get your hands on a bottle of this wine at Gastropark Bar, enjoy it with a classic Beef Bourgignon, beef brisket slowly braised in red wine, beef stock and aromatic herbs, served with smoked bacon lardons, sautéed mushrooms and baked eschalot, as prepared by chef Andy Wood.