VINEYARD The Kalleske vineyard is a diverse mix of 120 acres of vines spread over the 500 acre farm. Shiraz dominates the plantings and multiple Shiraz blocks spanning from 1905 to 1994 were blended to make this wine. Shiraz from these blocks will go into the usual Kalleske Eduard, Greenock, Moppa and Clarry’s wines. All Shiraz vines are low yielding and soils are typically shallow sand with excellent clay subsoil.
WINEMAKING The Shiraz blocks were harvested over numerous weeks from February 23rd through to March 24th. Each batch was separately destemmed into an open top fermenter where it was native yeast fermented for 7-10 days on skins with hand pumpovers employed twice daily. The musts were pressed and prior to filling to barrel a portion of each lot was set aside in stainless steel tank to create this Zeitgeist blend. Following settling, the young wine was bottled in April, without sulphur dioxide, to capture the vibrancy and primacy of the vintage.
TASTING NOTES Zeitgeist Shiraz 2015 is strikingly vivid in colour with deep purple and magenta. There are energetic aromatics showing fresh, pure expression of fruit. Aromas of violets, dark rose, sweet plum, spice, licorice and fruitcake emanate from the glass. The palate is bursting with rich and bright dark fruit flavours. Well structured, with natural tannins providing a muscular framework the wine is full in body, flavour and mouthfeel. A touch of creaminess leads to a lengthy finish completing this resplendent wine. Notably complex for the age, Zeitgeist is enjoyable now with its primal characters but is powered to cellar well for many years to come.