2017 Kay Brothers Cuthbert Cabernet Sauvignon

McLaren Vale, SA

A rich and layered McLaren Vale Cabernet, with a splash of Merlot for good measure.



McLaren Vale Cabernet...much better than its reputation.

Gary Walsh (Wine Front)

About This Wine

Kay Brothers aren’t a winery that looks to change with the times. Rather they produce classic wines from exceptional holdings of old vines.

While Cabernet can sometimes be an afterthought in the Vale, not so with Kay Brothers. Cabernet vines have been planted on their estate since inception, and played a huge role in the dry reds that they used to produce for export to England.

And this wine, well, it’s a pretty good example of why not to overlook Vale Cabernet. Rich berries, darker flavours of liquorice and chocolate, all supported by fine-textured chalky tannins and supple minerality that lingers on the finish, classic.

About Kay Brothers

Producing wine on their McLaren Vale estate since 1895, Kay Brothers (named as you would expect for founding brothers Fred and Bert Kay), are one of the oldest producers in the Vale.

With the 3rd generation of the family now managing the business, their growth has seen then expand to a much more corporate structure, helping to preserve their heritage vineyards.

with over 100 ha under vine, they are not a small producer by any means, yet they are still connected very much to their small family origins, with many of the original buildings (now heritage listed) and equipment close to 100 years old still in operation today.

The Kay family vineyards
The Kay family vineyards
McLaren Vale SA
Additional Info

From The Producer

Since Kay Brothers first planted grapes in the fertile soil of their Amery Vineyard back in 1892, Cabernet Sauvignon has never been far from their thoughts. Along with Shiraz, and Grenache, Cabernet was to make up a large portion of Kay Brothers vintage for the next century. Though often blended with Shiraz to produce full bodied Australian Claret for many years, Cabernet has long held its position as a wine of strength, power and balance.

Blend : Cabernet Sauvignon (93%), Merlot (7%)
ABV : 13.8%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2032
Bottle Size : 750ml

Founders Bert & Fred Kay
Founders Bert & Fred Kay
McLaren Vale, SA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"McLaren Vale Cabernet, as I so often say, is much better than its reputation. Perhaps that’s why I feel an affinity for it… Blueberry, chocolate, toasted hazelnut, cedar and aniseed. It’s plump and plush, sweetly red and black fruited with layers of fine powdery tannin, some tobacco and earth, and a solid and satisfying finish." Gary Walsh (Wine Front)

The Real Review

"Oak and blackberries drive the nose - no doubting its seriousness. There's unexpected sweetness on the palate - fruit pastilles and mulberries. Tannins are supple. A lovely glass of wine. Not screaming of the variety, though deserving respect." Nick Butler (The Real Review)


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