Kay Brothers Grenache 2017

Kay Brothers Amery Basket Pressed Grenache 2018

McLaren Vale, South Australia   |    750ml   |    14%
Established in 1890, the iconic Kay Brothers Amery winery is one of Australia's most historically significant wineries - utilising many of the same practices it did during its formative years. Remarkably this McLaren Vale treasure remains in the founding family hands, with Colin Kay currently at the helm. 

Kay Brothers have long produced one of Australia's best examples of Grenache and the 2018 Basket Pressed Grenache is another top-line example. Densely flavoured with plenty of juicy red berry fruit flavours, it has soft velvety tannins and refreshing acidity - great drinking in the short to medium-term.

"93 Points. Falls to spicy and nutty as much as fruity. Ripe raspberry, slight minty and rosy perfume in the mix too. It’s mid-weight, supple and spicy, smooth but persistent tannin, even acidity, a good long dry finish, all hazelnut and rich red fruits, that tannin drawing it tight like velvet curtains. Tasted: Aug19 Alcohol: 14.5% $28. Screwcap Drink: 2019 - 2026+" - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front,

Availability: In stock

$27.90
Only available for purchase in 6 bottle increments.
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. Kay Brothers utilise a traditional method of pressing out their wines. Their Celestial & Coq basket press was installed and ready for use in the 1928 vintage to replace older hydraulic and manual screw presses that had proved unreliable. For their winemaker, it is still the preferred of their two presses. The basket press reflects Kay Brothers traditional winemaking philosophy. The grapes are pressed gently, resulting in softer tannins and cleaner juice as the juice is filtered through the mass of pulp while draining through the basket. Whilst this process is labour intensive and time consuming, Kay Brothers are confident it translates to superior quality.
6
South Australia
McLaren Vale
750
14
Vintage 2018 began with good winter and early spring rainfall, preparing the vines for the summer ahead.

In late spring the weather began to warm up and flowering conditions were moderate, but later than most years. The summer was extremely dry and veraison was late to commence but came on quickly as temperatures in late January rose.

The final ripening period of February and early March continued to be dry, however temperatures were mild and conditions were ideal for steady ripening and flavour development.

The Grenache vineyard has a North-Eastern exposure. Soils are shallow, red sandy loam over complex geology comprising quartz and ironstone gravels, weathered and calcareous sandstone, siltstone and limestone. Grapes were hand harvested on the 26th and 27th of March 2018.

The fruit was then open fermented and hand plunged for 10 days on skins, prior to traditional Basket pressing.

The wine matured a further 10 months in seasoned French oak puncheons

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