Kay Brothers Block 6 Shiraz 2015

Kay Brothers Amery Block 6 Shiraz 2015

McLaren Vale, South Australia   |    750ml   |    14.5%

"Truly an icon of Australian Shiraz" - Gary Walsh

Kay Brothers Block 6 Shiraz has firmly established itself as one of Australia's most iconic red wines. Each vintage the Block 6 Shiraz grapes are lovingly tended, handpicked and fermented in the original open fermenters originally built by the Kay Brothers in the late 1890's. Basket-pressed and aged for 20 months in American and Baltic oak, the result is a Shiraz of noted strength, structure and longevity; Block 6 Shiraz.

The 2015 Kay Brothers Amery Block 6 Shiraz has just released and as usual our very limited stocks of this iconic McLaren Vale Shiraz will sell out quickly.

"This is the 31st release of our flagship wine, handpicked from 123 year old vines. Long held in high esteem as one of McLaren Vale’s finest Shiraz plantings, Block 6 Shiraz continues the tradition at Kay Brothers of producing full bodied red wines that have the grace and pedigree to age for decades. Handpicked and fermented in the original open top fermenters, Block 6 Shiraz is a wine of great strength, deep complexity and amazing vibrancy." - Kay Brothers Wines.

"95+ Points. Old vine wines can be given many free kicks, but most often, when you taste, there’s a depth and concentration to the fruit that’s rarely found in wines made from younger vines. Red and black fruits, vanilla custard, iron, spice, Chinese master stock with plenty of star anise. Full bodied, inky ferrous tannin, black olive and toasty oak, slightly too firm acidity, though it can’t master the intensity of fruit - that can’t be defeated - cloves, ginger biscuits, coal, and a long fresh finish slick with iron and graphite tannin and more red fruit than black. Bring it. So much more to come. Truly an icon of Australian Shiraz. Tasted: Aug17 Alcohol: 14.5% Price: $95 Closure: Screwcap Drink: 2022 - 2035+" - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.

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Established in 1890, Kay Brothers Amery is one of Australia's winemaking treasures. Remarkably this McLaren Vale icon is still in founding family hands with Colin Kay continuing to produce some of South Australia's finest examples of Shiraz.

Kay's are specialist traditional red wine makers utilising grapes from our own 22-hectare Amery Vineyard. The grape varieties grown are Shiraz (including the 1892 Block 6 planting), Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Nero d' Avola, Grenache, Mataro and Muscat Blanc. The Kay's winemaking philosophy is to make rich full-bodied fruit-driven wines (using the original Open Fermenters and Basket Press) with a mix of small and medium oak cask maturation.
South Australia
McLaren Vale

ALCOHOL 14.5% by volume


pH 3.58


CASE PRODUCTION 570 six packs

WINEMAKING: Block 6 vineyard faces east and rows run north south with significant undulation. Vines are spur and cane pruned with the canes wrapped onto the top wire of the low lying trellis. The present 3.5 acres comprises a corner of red loam, some heavy clay in the middle of the block and gravely alluvial soils on the lower side. The underlying “South Maslin Sands” geology is extremely complex containing layers of glauconite, limestone, sandstone and siltstone.

The 2015 vintage growing season began with an extremely dry and warm spring. Flowering conditions were excellent therefore optimising fruit set. Mild but dry conditions continued in early summer until mid-January, when we received 33 mm of much welcome rain. The rain freshened canopies and kick started veraison. The final ripening period was warm but with cool nights and no extended heat waves, full flavour ripeness and nice natural acidity levels were preserved.

Because of the lack of growing season rainfall block 6 delivered one of the smallest crops on record, with 3.45 tonnes harvested by hand on the 16th of February. The grapes were crushed, de-stemmed and plunged twice daily while spending 14 days on skins in our traditional open fermenters. The wine was then basket pressed and matured for 23 months in 40 % new French and American oak puncheons. Bottled in February 2017.

Colour: Deep crimson.

Nose: Intense aromas of boysenberry, marzipan, cigar box and a hint of cedar.

Palate: Layers of dark cherries, spicy pepper and earth. Followed by slowly building fine-grained graphite like tannins. Rich and concentrated with power and finesse.

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