Kay Brothers Grenache 2017

Kay Brothers Amery Basket Pressed Grenache 2017

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 2017 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.

"95 Points. Hand-picked, open-fermented, 9 days on skins, matured for 8 months in used French puncheons; includes 2% shiraz. Bell-clear colour; highly fragrant red flowers, fruit salad and aromas and flavours. Medium-bodied at best, but that's all the wine needs. It's impossible to deny these '17 wines from Kay Brothers. $28.00 Alcohol: 14.5% Drink By: 2027" - James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au.

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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.
South Australia
McLaren Vale
Once planted predominantly for use in fortified wines, Grenache is now recognised as one of McLaren Vale's premium varieties. Juicy, soft and beautifully balanced.

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.

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