A Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvedre blend with a silky and refined style.
2017 Clare vintage was one of the latest in a decade to kick off due to the rainfall during the early growing season. The very wet winter and spring was followed followed a sunny spell which allowed the vines to dry out in the summer. This long, dry ripening period allowed the fruit to intensify colour while retaining the more savoury, elegant tannins Clare is known for.
Nestled in the Clare Valley’s Stanley Flat region, Calcannia is 130km due north of Adelaide, and 6 km north of the township of Clare, beside the Hutt River and the Clare Valley Racecourse. It’s moderate-continental climate enjoys cool nights and long warm summer days, helping give balance and structure to the wines.
Calcannia was rated a 5 Star winery by James Halliday, 2019
Gold – Mundus Vini Spring Tasting 2019
16.5 pts – Jancis Robinson 2019
95 pts – Wine Showcase 2019
Chocolate and ripe raspberries have a hint of meatiness on the nose. These aspects blend harmoniously together with a flavour profile of dark berries, bitter chocolate and cured meats. Its rounded character makes it easier drinking than the abv would suggest.
Food Pairing: Antipasti, rich pork and ripe cheese are ideal.
Will cellar until 2025.
About the Producer
Byrne Vineyards has resulted from three generations of hard toil in the vineyards. In 1960, Eric and Romla Byrne purchased the Devlin’s Pound property near Overland Corner in South Australia and planted this limestone based vineyard with a range of grape varieties, most notably Shiraz, Cabernet and Chardonnay.
In 1995 they acquired the Morgan (Scotts Creek) vineyard which was established by then owners Penfold’s during the 1970s. Due its close proximity to the Barossa, excellent limestone soils and ideal climate these vineyards were for premium wine production.
Eric and Romla’s sons Rob and Terry Byrne are now joined by Rob’s daughter Petria and have continued the family passion for wine, vineyards and viticulture. Winemaker Peter Gajewski brings a wealth of experience to his role including a term as senior winemaker at Penfolds, mentored by Max Schubert.
Byrne Vineyards is a certified member of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia, dedicated to continuously implement and improve sustainability initiatives. These include automated drip irrigation putting water directly into the roots of the vines, monitoring soil degradation or erosion to minimise further damage and close control of energy efficiency, chemical usage and waste management.
At the heart of their sustainability commitment is the environment at the Scotts Creek Vineyard – which is home to many rare and endangered species including over 73 native flora and fauna, and is one of South Australia’s largest natural wetlands.