- ABV 14.5
- Zalto Denk'Art Bordeaux Glass
94+ Points - Gary Walsh, The Winefront "Such a distinct tannin and flavour profile to wines grown around the Seaview and Upper Tintara. So excellent. Blackberry, boysenberry, dried flower perfume, soy sauce, spice and nutty oak. Full-bodied, but fresh too, with deep ferrous tannin, firm acidity, a layer of nutty oak, iron tannin and some red berries on a long finish. Excellent. Will cellar beautifully, and improve."
94 Points - Joe Czerwinski (robertparker.com) "I think if I had to pick one Shiraz to epitomize McLaren Vale, the 2018 Hillside Shiraz would be a strong contender. Coming from one of the region's more traditional producers, it's a classic, offering up a complex, concentrated array of mixed berries and leavening those with herbal intricacies and savory undercurrents of black olives and cedary oak. Medium to full-bodied, it's ripe and velvety on the palate and long and mouthwatering on the finish."
Kay Brothers Amery Vineyard Hillside Shiraz 2018
McLaren Vale, Australia
The French call it ‘patrimoine’ but in the realm of the Kay Brothers, it is simply tradition. The Kay Brothers tradition is to produce full bodied, fruit driven red wines with unabashed confidence. Being the oldest family run estate still to exist in McLaren Vale since acquiring their Amery vineyard in 1891, the Kay Brothers estate is revered both home and abroad for its loyalty to their traditions as well as their ability to produce fantastic wines for more than a century. Of note, however, is the fact that they were one of the first to embrace screwcaps in Australia with all of the winery’s production bottled under this closure today.
With such a long history of winemaking, at the disposal of the winemaking team is an enviable stock of old vine Shiraz yielding immensely concentrated berries which are used in the two superior bottlings, Hillside Amery Shiraz and Block 6 Shiraz. What sets the two wines apart, despite coming from the same terroir, is the more favourable position occupied by the Block 6 plantings. Widely regarded as the junior sibling of the two, the Hillside Amery Shiraz is more approachable when young and offers comforting drinking whilst waiting for the grand Block 6 Shiraz to mature. Medium tanni... ns, dried fruit and aniseed notes are usually complemented by a full-bodied weight that manages to deliver an extraordinarily balanced wine.
Featured in Decanter's top 10 'Names to know in McLaren Vale.'
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