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. Today, the family continues the winemaking traditions in the heritage listed cellars.
For well over a century Shiraz has played the main role in producing wines of outstanding quality, depth and longevity at Kay Brothers. Their basket press was installed and ready for use in the 1928 vintage to replace older hydraulic and manual screw presses that had proved unreliable. It is still the preferred of their two presses. The basket press reflects Kay Brothers traditional winemaking philosophy.
Picked between 15 Mar and 19 Apr, crushed and destemmed to open fermenters, 12 days on skins, basket-pressed, 13 months in assorted oak. There's a soft, luscious potpourri of flavours, sultry black fruits and dark chocolate the prime movers, the tannins spot on. Another version of '17's magic. Price: $28.00; Date Tasted: Jan 2019; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 94 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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