Pirathon Shiraz is a full bodied wine encompassing the great flavour, texture and structure of the north-western Barossa. Higher altitude, gullies, hills, slopes, and undulations provide different topographies, microclimates and individualistic parcels of grapes with unique flavours and characters from their own site.
Grapes for Pirathon are grown by dedicated high quality growers in the Greenock, Moppa, Belvedere, Stonewell, Seppeltsfield, Koonunga and Ebenezer districts of the north-western Barossa. Many of these growers' families have been growing grapes here for generations.
The grapes for Pirathon Shiraz are traditionally handcrafted in open top fermenters and basket pressed before maturing in barrel. Each vineyard adds its own exclusive dimension to Pirathon Shiraz and combined they produce the ultimate blend.Pirathon Shiraz showcases and celebrates the pinnacle north-western Barossa region and pinnacle Barossa grape with a complex and distinguished wine.
Winemaker, Troy Kalleske, is a sixth generation Barossan whose family has been growing grapes since 1853. Troy grew up amongst the vines and from a young age Troy was grape picking and pruning the vines planted by his great-great-great grandfather many years earlier. Troy is not only the hands-on winemaker for Pirathon, but also for his family’s estate range of 'Kalleske' wines.
Vintage 2015 produced excellent wines. It began with a wet Winter followed by a very dry growing season with less than half the average rainfall. Spring was warmer than average leading to an earlier budburst and early vintage. Summer brought average temperatures, ensuring the dry conditions were not stressful to the vines, and a slow even ripening ensued. Quality is brilliant, certainly one of the highlights in recent years.
The grapes were harvested from the low-yielding vineyards of traditional family growers in the north-western Barossa districts of Greenock, Moppa, Belvedere, Stonewell, Seppeltsfield, Koonunga and Ebenezer. Each vineyard adds its own exclusive dimension to Pirathon Shiraz and combined they produce the ultimate blend.
The wine was vintaged at the Kalleske winery at Greenock by Tony & Troy Kalleske. Following harvest, each individual lot of grapes was crushed into a separate open top fermenter. During fermentation, hand pump-overs gently extracted colour and flavour from the grapes. The fermented grapes were pressed with a traditional press. The wines were then filled to new and seasoned American, French, Russian and Hungarian oak hogsheads for maturation for eighteen months before each lot of wine was racked from the barrel and carefully blended. The wine was bottled without fining, ensuring the true expression of the vineyards in the bottle.
Pirathon Shiraz 2015 is dark purple-black in colour. The inviting boquet is uplifting and indicative of a complex wine with blackberry, perfume, spice, chocolate and a touch of classy oak. The full-bodied palate is rich and mouthfilling. It is amazingly well structured which adds a defined framework to the ripe dark fruits. There are background oak barrel characters that complement the bright fruit flavours. Solid but fine natural tannins add a pleasing dryness to support the intense fruit. Overall, this Shiraz is of impeccable balance with the fruit, tannin and oak all working in unison together to provide harmony and complexity. A very lengthy finish completes this powerful and solid wine. Pirathon is a paramount expression of north-western Barossa Shiraz that will reward time in the cellar for a decade.
Double Gold Medal 2017 China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value
“Pirathon is an ancient word for pinnacle. This shiraz from the north-western Barossa is a dark, inky purple in the glass with black plum and toasty vanilla oak along with fruit cake notes and clove spice. Excellent fruit flavours are full-bodied, rich and intense. Good support from unobtrusive oak and chalky tannins add to the structure and the finish is long This is a robust, distinguished wine with excellent balance and drinkable now and well into the future. Outstanding value”. Brett Smith, Wine Jury, April 2015