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Kalex

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Kalex

  • About

    Based in Central Otago, Kalex Wines produces beautifully made, low volume boutique wines from small parcels of premium grapes. Specialising in Pinot Noir and Riesling, Kalex also love to dabble in anything interesting. This has resulted in producing award-winning Chardonnay and Pinot Gris as well. Winemaker Theo Coles adheres to minimal interference within the winery which, along with his philosophy of using native yeasts, low sulphur and no fining or filtration where possible, results in wines which show a great sense of place. Owner Alex Kaufman is a businessman, entrepreneur and survivor. Orphaned during the holocaust at the age of 15, he escaped a concentration camp in Poland and after several years of surviving with only the clothes on his back, Alex managed to jump aboard a boat to the US. Pretending to be a baker aboard the ship, he eventually arrived in America and found himself washing lab dishware for Hatco, a large chemical company. After 12 years there and at the age of 38, Alex became the president of the company. In 2007, Alex sold his company and now he has retired believes Kalex will provide another great legacy for his family. His team at Kalex has a huge wealth of experience and are committed to delivering outstanding wines each vintage. Visit the Kalex Wines Website

  • Region

    Otago

Wines from this producer

  • Taste
    Smoky mineral notes, honeyed fruits & hints of bacon fat. Oily & textural, floral fruit flavours, balanced with a savoury, mineral finish
    Eat
    Home-made spinach & feta ravioli
    Why
    Fermented warm & left on lees 8 months. Sommelier wine
    Kalex, Pinot Gris, New Zealand Wine Otago

    2011 Kalex Pinot Gris Otago

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  • Taste
    Stewed dark fruits that remain balanced with hints of hot river stones, firm tannins, spicy pepper & anise notes
    Eat
    Grilled quail, compote
    Why
    Quintessentially Central Otago
    New Zealand Wine, Kalex, Pinot Noir

    2013 Kalex Pinot Noir Otago

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  • Taste
    Soft style, plentiful mix of red & dark berries, subtle spice & a bright finish
    Eat
    Rib Eye
    Why
    Best value Pinot Noir on our list
    Kalex, Alex K, Pinot Noir, Otago, New Zealand Wine

    2013 Kalex Alex K Pinot Noir Canterbury

    £18.90
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  • Taste
    Bright nettles, melon & citrus captured in a racy, fresh Sauvignon Blanc
    Eat
    Crudites & dip
    Why
    Typical Marlborough
    Kalex, Alex K, Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand, Wine

    2015 Kalex Alex K Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

    £16.90
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  • Taste
    Delicate white flowers, hazelnuts & orchard fruits. Textural layers unfold to produce a balanced, expressive Chardonnay.
    Eat
    Tagliatelle
    Why
    North Canterbury greatness
    Kalex Chardonnay New Zealand Wine

    2013 Kalex Chardonnay Canterbury

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  • Taste
    Lemon zest & curd with hints of wild strawberry fall onto a crisp, dry palate. Structured core fruits & fresh acidity
    Eat
    Summer Rolls, spicy sauce
    Why
    Perfect Riesling for Summer
    Kalex Riesling Pisa Terrace Central Otago New Zealand Wine

    2013 Kalex Pisa Terrace Riesling Otago

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  • Taste
    A sweet but poised wine with energetic acidity & aromas of apricot flan, honey & smoke
    Eat
    Dry cheese board
    Why
    The perfect after dinner drink
    Kalex Luna Noble Riesling New Zealand Wine

    2014 Kalex Luna Riesling Otago

    £22.00
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