Kay Brothers Basket Pressed Mataro is known for its ripe fruits and savoury, earthy under currents it provides a generous, robust mouth feel and loose knit tannin structure. In the past a small percentage of Mataro would be used to bolster colour and structure in our Shiraz.
Our small block planted at the base of the hill enjoys all the sun it can get, often being the last variety to be picked each year.
Open-fermented and hand plunged with skin contact for 15 days and traditional basket pressing. Restrained oak use helps to maintain vibrant florals and lifted aromatics. A medium bodied wine with briary fruits and complex notes of charcuterie and earth. A variety with over a century of history in McLaren Vale, though its popularity has ebbed and flowed over the years.
93 Points – A medium bodied wine that’s chewy and red fruited with a side of meat, Brazil nut and mint/licorice. It has dry tannin, a bit of tension and sinew, and good flow through the mouth, dip-ping slightly on the back palate, before running long and savoury on the finish. There’s a pleas-ant dried herbal bitterness and something like coffee beans, though they say ‘roast chestnut’ on the back label, and damn them for besting me. Classy. And something of a bargain. Wine Front Monthly by Gary Walsh
Bordering St. Vincent’s Gulf, 40kms south of Adelaide, the Kay Brothers McLaren Vale Amery Vineyards grace the rolling foothills of the Southern Mt. Lofty Ranges. Established in 1890 by Australian born brothers, Herbert and Frederick Kay, the Heritage listed Kays Amery Winery celebrated its first grape crush in 1895 and is the oldest McLaren Vale winery still in founding family hands with third generation Colin Kay continuing the family winemaking tradition.
There is a meticulously kept diary for every year that the Kay Family has been at Amery – visit their website to read some of the excerpts.