Kay Brothers McLaren Vale
Kay Brothers Amery Vineyard is a true Australian original. Founded by Herbert and Frederick Kay in the late 19th century the winery has assumed a legendary status on account of an adherence to tradition and wines of remarkable complexity, structure and impressive longevity. The winery has the feel of a working museum as an original basket press and open-top fermenters continue to be used. Much of the fuss surrounds the scrum for a few bottles of Block 6 Shiraz. Many of the vines from this vineyard date from 1892 and are very lowyielding. After a moderately long-fermentation under a submerged cap the wine is aged for more than two years in a mix of new American and Eastern European oak. The wine shows a fabulous old vines complexity, quite unexpected elegance and purity and super intensity and length. Remarkably it can be drunk with just 5 or 6 years age but will keep for 20 or more. If you have to settle for the Hillside Shiraz you won’t be missing that much. Concentrated and powerful with very fine crushed blackberry fruit and mineral, licorice nuances, this wine actually needs 10 years or more before it is ready. Readily affordable are the excellent regular Basket Pressed Shiraz and Cabernet Merlot. These are a comparative disappointment after the top Shirazes but still pack a lot of intensity, density for relatively young vines and start to open up after 4 or 5 years’ ageing. A little fortified Muscat is also made.
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