Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
The Kay Brothers property is planted to vines which can be traced back to the original Hardy site at Tintara. The relatively small, family operated estate can boast an enviable record at wine shows in Australia and around the world. Basket pressing by hand through an ancient device originally designed to process small amounts is one of the most arduous tasks, yet it can produce the finest wines. Kay Brothers Basket Pressed Shiraz achieves a remarkably sweet and complex palate for a wine of solid structure without the extraction of any superfluous tannins.
The warm temperate climes, cool moist winters, warm dry summers and proximity to the sea ensures that frost, which is a debilitating agent in many viticultural areas, is virtually unknown. The Kay Brothers vineyard receives a rainfall of approximately 550mm year and excellent vines are grown on a wide range of soils, the predominant being ironstone gravel. The estate cellar door, which is part of the original winery complex, boasts some stunning panoramic views of the surrounding picturesque valleys and hillsides. Shiraz grapes were processed utilising open fermentation and basket pressing. Following vinification the wine was treated to over twenty months maturation in American oak casks. Alcohol 15.5%
Medium purple hue. Lifted nose of rich blackberries, tobacco leaf and smokey bacon fat. This medium to full bodied palate is upfront, rich and round in structure. Ripe mulberry and blackberry flavours predominate with hints of cassis and dark, bitter chocolate. The tannins are ripe, furry, yet supple. There is a warmth to the delicious, lingering finish. Drinks magnificently as a youngster, has the potential to age for the best part of a decade.