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More wonderful news for biodynamics and BAA members following on from Sam Statham of Rosnay Organic Wines of Australia’s win in the NSW Organic Pioneer Award. Barossa Valley biodynamic wine maker Kalleske Wines has been honoured in London where their 2011 Clarry’s GSM has picked up three awards at the 2012 International Wine Challenge. The International Wine Challenge hosts the largest wine competition in the world with over 9000 wines entered each year so it was a thrill when Tony Kalleske accepted the award for ‘Biodynamic Wine of the Year’ as well as the two trophies; ‘Australian Red’ and ‘Barossa GSM Blend’ on behalf of the 2011 Clarry’s GSM.

Kalleske Clarry’s GSM is a wine that has quickly gained a cult following from its first 2004 vintage release and it has received a swag of awards since then and this is certainly the icing on the cake.

Troy Kalleske (winemaker) says “It is a great honour to receive three trophies, especially being awarded the Best Biodynamic Wine in the World. This particular trophy is a great acknowledgment to my grape growing parents, John & Lorraine and brother, Kym who have been not only Barossan, but Australian, pioneers in organic and biodynamic viticulture for the past few decades. Their dedication in the vineyard is not only evident in the Clarry’s but across all of our Kalleske range which are all estate grown, certified biodynamic wines.

“The winning wine is named in honour of my Grandfather, Clarence “Clarry” Kalleske, who farmed our Kalleske vineyards from the late 1920s until his retirement in the 1990s. Clarry was the fourth generation member to tend the vines on our Kalleske family farm, established by his great grandparents who migrated from Prussia to South Australia in 1838 aboard the Prince George. Many years were spent by Clarry pruning, hand-picking and nurturing the vineyards that make up this blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro, with the oldest of these dating back to 1940. All grapes are entirely sourced from our Kalleske farm situated at Greenock in the North-Western Barossa Valley.”

The London win follows on from further success with the 2011 Clarry’s GSM where the wine also received a Gold Medal in Canada at the Sélections Mondiales Des Vins International Wine Championships. Clarry’s GSM has always punched well above its weight, frequently acknowledged as one of the best valued red wines in the market from esteemed wine critics such as James Halliday amongst others.

Kalleske are active practitioners of sustainable farming, they are caretakers of the land and not only maintain the environment but improve it for future generations. Kalleske are the oldest Certified Organic / Biodynamic winery in the Barossa and have been a pioneer in this area for over 20 years. They have been members of Biodynamic Agriculture Australia since 2003.

Our hearty congratulations to all involved!