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.
ALCOHOL 14.5% by volume
RESIDUAL SUGAR 1.75 g/l
TOTAL ACIDITY 6.98 g/l
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.