Atze’s Corner vigneron Andy Kalleske is the sixth successive generation of his family to be involved in grape growing and winemaking in Australia’s iconic Barossa Valley.
With that experience comes the knowledge of where the best grapes grow and how to nurture the fragile old vines to give of their best. The cornerstone of this artisan winery lies in several amazing vineyards which are tended by Andy’s parents Barb and John Kalleske. Shiraz vines planted in 1912 and 1951 adjacent to the winery, a stone’s throw east of Nuriootpa on the Barossa’s valley floor and close by to Ebenezer, a sub-region of the Barossa renowned for its Shiraz wines.
Minimal intervention is Andy’s catchcry in the winery: to extract colour, flavour and tannins as gently as is possible, small-batch open fermenters are used along with hand-plunging. Wines are matured in oak barrel before bottling and further cellaring prior to release. Minimal filtering and fining are the trademarks of this unobtrusive approach.
Atze’s Corner is becoming increasingly recognised as one of Barossa Valley’s premium producers as evidenced by Halliday’s 5 stars and top 10 dark horse wineries for 2017.