Kay Brothers Block 6 Shiraz 2016

Kay Brothers Amery Block 6 Shiraz 2016

McLaren Vale, South Australia   |    750ml   |    14%

"a top shelf Block 6"- 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 2016 vintage of Kay Brothers Amery Block 6 Shiraz has just been released and our very limited stocks of this iconic McLaren Vale Shiraz will again sell out very quickly.

"96 Points. Liquorice and blackness; could somebody please turn the lights back on? Full bodied, dense and massed with silty smooth tannin, black olives rolled in dried herb, iron, some vanilla oak prettiness, bright boysenberry acidity pushes it along, and then a long savoury earthen finish. Brooding and magnificent. It’s a top shelf Block 6. Tasted: Sep18 Alcohol: 14% Price: $95 Closure: Screwcap Drink: 2022 - 2038+" - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.

"96 Points. The front label boldly declares, "Handpicked from 124 year old vines", a teaser to the seamless complexity and effortless confidence of this lauded label. 2016 goes down among my favourites yet, for its calm juxtaposition of reverberating depth of satsuma plum and black cherry fruits and exotic spice and its finely poised structure of firm, finely textured tannins and gliding persistence. 14.0%. $95.00" - Tyson Stelzer, WBM Magazine, Sept / Oct 2018.

"96 Points. Bay leaf, violets and peppery spice mark the nose of the 2016 Shiraz Block 6, produced from vines planted in 1892. It's full-bodied, creamy and supple, then it turns rich and velvety on the long finish. The texture this year really sets it apart, while the flavors of boysenberry and blackberry are wonderfully accented by hints of cracked pepper. Drink Date 2020 - 2035" - Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate, September 2018.

Availability: In stock


Extremely limited, only 5 bottles in stock.

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
This is the 32nd release of our flagship wine, handpicked from 124 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.

The Block 6 vineyard faces east and rows run north south with significant undulation. The vines are 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 2016 vintage growing season began with an extremely dry winter and spring. Flowering conditions were quite good and not as windy as some years. Summer was initially warm and dry keeping fruit and vine canopies disease free whilst restricting shoot growth. Between the 29th of January and the 3rd of February the drought broke and we received 44 mm of much welcomed rain. The moisture depleted sub-soils soaked up the rain and canopies were freshened while also filling out berry sizes. The final ripening period consisted of mild day time temperatures and cool nights, ideal for full flavour development. Block 6 was hand-picked on the 7th of March, producing a healthy and clean crop of 10.65 tonnes.

The grapes were crushed, de-stemmed and plunged twice daily while spending 10 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 March 2018.

Colour: Deep ruby.

Nose: Intense aromas of violets, fennel, sage, boysenberry, marzipan, cigar box and a hint of cedar

Palate: Layers of concentrated cherries and dark chocolate. Followed by slowly building fine-grained graphite like tannins of immense length. Rich and concentrated with power and finesse.

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