2018 Laughing Jack Old Vine Moppa Grenache

Barossa Valley, Australia

Beautifully expressive, classic Barossa Grenache with intensity and a delicious silky texture.



Excellent. Should age nicely too.

Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

About the Wine

On the southern slopes of Moppa, these low yielding Grenache vines date back to the early 60s, planted by Ian and Carl Albert Kalleske. Today, affable son Shawn Kalleske leads this family affair, turning out exceptional, world class wines without fanfare or bluster.

From tiny old vine berries, there’s a measured intensity to this. Silky, dark plum and boysenberry fruit supported by accents of chocolatey French oak and smokey graphite.

Whilst dense structure and fine tannin will hold this steady for the road ahead, it’s superb value for the quality, and delicious drinking right now.

About Laughing Jack

The Laughing Jack wines are a family affair that began in the Barossa Valley in 1999.

The Kalleske family are all involved here: parents Ian and Carol Kalleske alongside sons Nathan, Damon and Shawn who is the winemaker/grapegrower and general Jack of all trades in the winery

They have multiple vineyard across the region with their winery located in Marananga. These are honest, robust Barossa wines that show all the generosity and flavour that the region is famous for.


Winemaker Shawn Kalleske
Winemaker Shawn Kalleske
Barossa Valley, SA
Additional Info

From the Producer

Sourced from a single 1.2ha estate vineyard in Moppa, planted in 1962 by Carl Albert and Ian Kalleske. At 350 metres above sea level, these low yielding vines are planted on sandy clay soils, rich in iron and quartz.

At 350 metres above sea level, these low yielding vines are planted on sandy clay soils, rich in iron and quartz.

Hand picked, destemmed and traditionally basket pressed. Fermentation takes place in open vats. Aged for 16 months in large oak French oak puncheons and bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Blend : 100% Grenache
ABV : 14.5%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2033
Bottle Size : 750ml
Production : 110 dozen

Shawn in the vineyard
Shawn in the vineyard
Barossa Valley, SA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

Halliday Wine Companion

"Shawn Kalleske's attentive, hand-made approach brings the sensitivity to let grenache shine. Structured, savoury and serious, understated berry fruits are accented by tomato and sage, with a core of sweet fruit lingering long through well-gauged dark chocolate French oak and a beautiful splay of fine, confident tannins. Proper grenache, with an exciting future before it." - Tyson Stelzer (Halliday Wine Companion)

The Wine Front

"From a single vineyard planted in 1962. Seasoned oak only. 110 dozen produced.It’s a more robust expression of Grenache. but a very good one. A mix of black and red fruits, baking spice, sage, and a dried flower top note, which adds a pretty flourish. Dense, with a mix of ripe fruit and savoury elements, something along the lines of sun dried tomato and black olive tapenade, tannin is sooty and fleshy, and the finish rolls out very nicely, with ripe raspberry, spice and a saline character. Excellent. Should age nicely too." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)


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