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2014 Kay Brothers McLaren Vale Basket Pressed Shiraz

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One of our favourite McLaren Vale Shiraz this beauty. Gives you the typical varietal and regional nuances you seek all at the same time.

A fair whack of white pepper, in with some strong blackberry type flavour shows you that Kay Bros are truly masters in this part of the world, keeping it simple and not messing around too much with what they have been given from the land. Its a pretty solid ball of muscle this, but don't be fooled, its not all sizzle and no sausage- there is elegance in there, in abundance. Great with red meat based dishes, stews, but also easily holds it own without accompaniment.

Winemaker's Notes

The 2014 vintage began with good winter and spring rainfall which provided the vines with a nice healthy canopy. Windy conditions during flowering and a nasty hail storm meant yields were low. A warm start to summer was met by 59 mm of rain in February, following this; final ripening conditions were cool allowing delicate flavors to develop slowly, producing balanced wines.

The vineyard has a predominately eastern exposure. Soil varies from sandy loam at the top of the hill to heavier loam and clay as it transcends down the hill towards the creek. The dry climate forces the vine roots, ranging from 15 – 20 years, to delve into the ancient underlying geology consisting of quartz, ironstone and limestone.

Fruit was crushed, destemmed and then hand plunged utilising open top fermentation. Followed by traditional basket pressing in our 1928 basket press.The wine then matured in a combination of American, French and Eastern European oak barrels for 14 months.

Colour: Deep ruby. Nose: Lively aromatic notes including potpourri, thyme and spice followed by a hint of cedar. Palate: Juicy flavours of cherry, boysenberry and Turkish delight, supported by soft velvet tannins. Harmonious, balanced and very drinkable!

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2014 Kay Brothers McLaren Vale Basket Pressed Shiraz

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James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
An incredibly dense and luxuriant palate grabs all the attention; how this has been achieved with 14% alcohol is anyone's guess, but I'm not disposed to argue, because the outcome is a totally serendipitous, supple, full-bodied shiraz replete with dark Swiss chocolate wrapped around luscious black fruits.
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Australian Wine Companion
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