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.
Grenache has long been held in high regard in McLaren Vale as a versatile variety wonderfully suited to the Vale's coastal climate. A soft, elegant wine that pairs beautifully with food our Grenache is rapidly becoming a firm favourite amongst our supporters.
Planted on the Eastern facing slope below the winery, our Grenache enjoys a sunny aspect, often tempered by a cooling afternoon breeze. Fermented in the original open top fermenters and Basket Pressed, the Grenache spends a short time in large oak barrels.
The result is an elegant, juicy Grenache with a bright sweet/savoury palate. Gentle tannins and a fleshy palate give Grenache a soft and generous mouth feel. This old timer of the Vale is enjoying it's time back in the spot light.