The Kay Brothers Hillside Shiraz is a medium bodied wine of elegant structure, vibrant and dark purple in colour. Savoury, spicy and meaty on the nose with a touch of dried mint.
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
The palate is full of sour cherry, plums and briary notes with a bitter chocolate and dried herb finish. Firm yet supple tannins give way to a subtle spicy /smoky oak character that helps lift the fruit. A warm, juicy finish lingers on the after palate.
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.
“The vines come from cuttings of the 120yo vines on Block 6, re-establishing the 4.85ha hillside vineyard. Open-fermented, basket pressed, matured for 20monthsinAmericanandBalticoak.Deepcrimson-purple;full-bodied, but more approachable than Block 6, its brooding black fruits and bitter chocolate balanced by good tannin and oak, providing a very long palate. Drink by 2037.” – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion ’16
Brilliant ruby. Deeply pitched dark berry liqueur, mocha and pipe tobacco aromas are lifted and sharpened by a peppery nuance and a smoky mineral note. Smooth and appealingly sweet on the palate, offering plush, spice- tinged blueberry and cherry-vanilla flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. In a hefty style but not at all lacking for energy. Smooth tannins frame the sappy finish, which lingers with excellent tenacity and repeating smokiness. – 91 points, Josh Raynolds, drink 2019 – 2024, Mar 2016