Established in 1890, the iconic Kay Brothers Amery winery is one of Australia's most historically significant wineries - utilising many of the same practices it did during its formative years. Remarkably this McLaren Vale treasure remains in the founding family hands, with Colin Kay currently at the helm.
This 2018 Kay Brothers Amery Hillside Shiraz offers alluring notes of smoky chacuterie, mocha, blackberry and dried herbs followed by a hint of cedar. The palate is dense and concentrated. Lashings of rich dark berry fruits, marzipan and underlying earthiness. Followed by fine chocolate like tannins on the finish. A full flavoured McLaren Vale Shiraz with plenty of class.
"94 Points. As is the Kay Brothers low yielding style, the wine is black as the ace of spades and brooding. Tarry, liquorice, black pepper scented fruits are supported by a healthy dose of sweet oak which is prominent but also sits comfortably in the wine – this wine has crowd pleaser written all over it. That then leads to a dense and robust palate; rich dark fruits are underscored by mouth coating tannins. The fruit is bright and composed over what is quite significant structure that draws out a long and strong finish. This wine is superb now but will get even better over the next decade. Drink: 2025 - 2036"- Angus Hughson, winepilot.com.
Established in 1890, Kay Brothers Amery is one of Australia's winemaking treasures. Remarkably this McLaren Vale icon is still in founding family hands with Colin Kay continuing to produce some of South Australia's finest red wines.
Kay's are specialist traditional red wine makers utilising grapes from their own 22-hectare Amery Vineyard. The grape varieties grown are Shiraz (including the 1892 Block 6 Shiraz), Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Viognier, Grenache, Mourvedre (Mataro) and Muscat Blanc.
Colin Kay's winemaking philosophy is to make rich full bodied, fruit-driven wines (using the original Open Fermenters and Basket Press) with small oak cask maturation.
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