With just over 18 hectares, or around 43 acres, of Shiraz, Calcannia’s estate grown fruit shone in the 2016 vintage, the conditions ideal for a richness and concentration of flavour. Placed in older French barrels, and bottled with minimal filtration, the result is a true expression of Shiraz from the Clare Valley region.
The 2016 Clare vintage was high in quality and slightly higher in yields. A stress free 2015 winter allowed the vines to store extra nutrients for potentially better crops. Spring saw good rains and little frost, and advanced growing which lead to early harvest time with the right mix of vine stress without disease pressure.
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+ pts – Jancis Robinson 2019
94pts – Wine Showcase 2019
Peppery hints overlay the ripe mulberry and plum aromas. A sophisticated and savoury Shiraz with well balanced fruit
sweetness and smooth tannins. Spicy, rich with a long finish.
Spicy tomato laden sauces, thick cut char-grilled steaks and cheeses of both soft and hard aged styles.
Will cellar until 2027.
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.