- ABV 14.5
- Zalto Denk'Art Bordeaux Glass
95 Points - James Halliday "From a favourable parcel in the Amery Vineyard. A fine example of how the best suitors of grenache in the Vale marry a chiaroscuro of weightlessness with a rich core of fruit intensity. A steer of sandy tannins, a riff of briar and a long pull by the region's maritime freshness. Textbook. Poached strawberry, anise, kirsch, orange peel, cranberry, bergamot and myriad florals. But the tannins are what make me swoon."
94 Points - Joe Czerwinski (RobertParker.com) The 2019 Griffon's Key Grenache—basket-pressed and aged in well-seasoned French oak puncheons—continues the winery's recent tradition of excellence with this variety. On the nose, it's perfumed and complex, with herbal, floral and raspberry nuances. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied yet seems almost airy in feel, with a weblike structure of silken tannins providing structure without weight, while the mouthwatering finish brings further definition to the star anise, rose petal and red berry flavors. It should drink well for up to a decade, but there's no real reason to wait.
Kay Brothers Griffon's Key Grenache 2019 (In Bond)
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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