Cabernet Sauvignon 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 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. Cuthbert Thornborough Kay saw service in World War II, he was an ardent enthusiast of full bodied reds and established the finest Cabernet blocks in all McLaren Vale.
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. Thecellar door, which is part of the original winery complex, boasts some stunning panoramic views of the surrounding picturesque valleys and hillsides. Cabernet Sauvignon is traditionally open fermented for ten days on skins, passed through the 1928 vintage basket press into French oak barriques and matured twenty two months. Alcohol 14.0%
Deep ruby hues. Lovely aromas of mint, blackberries and a whiff of amaretti. Soft and supple palate, gentle flavours of liquorice, mulberry, soy and dark chocolate. Supported by fine grained chalky tannins that linger on the finish. A beautifully composed, regional articulation of McLaren Cabernet.