2017 Kay Brothers Hillside Shiraz

McLaren Vale, SA

Smooth and dense, this is old-school McLaren Vale Shiraz at its best.



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Excellent. Time is on its side.

Gary Walsh (Wine Front)

About This Wine

With a 20-month elevage in a mix of French and American oak, this is a big and bold, old-school Aussie Shiraz.

It is everything you’d expect from a wine like this. Powerful flavours of berries, liquorice, leather, etc, all wrapped up on soft velvety oak characteristics that envelop you like a warm hug on a cold winters night.

Long and textured, the tannin integration here is exceptional. This is a wine that while evolved and drinking well now, still has another decade to grow evolve, and dare we say, get even better?

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

The Hillside Shiraz allows Kay Brothers to pick various parcels of fruit so as to assemble the best blend possible. Block 11, located at the top of the hill, has shallow sandy loam soil over limestone and sandstone. These vines are very exposed to the wind and sun. As a consequence, the vines mature earlier in most years and tend to be low yielding, with intense fruit concentration and powerful tannins. The rest of the Hillside Shiraz is located farther down the hill, in New Block 6, where dark chocolate loam and clay soil dispersed with quartz and ironstone over silty limestone. The New Block 6 component provides the finesse and elegance to the overall blend with savoury flavours and tight structure. The blend of these two vineyards balances each other extremely well.

Blend : Shiraz (100%)
ABV : 14.5%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2034
Bottle Size : 750ml

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

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"If you can’t stretch the budget to Block 6, then Hillside is most often a pretty fair substitute. Blackcurrant, blackberry, liquorice and dark chocolate, discreet cedar spiced oak. It’s full bodied, and full of dark chocolate, roast beef and dried herb, dense in tannin, though not heavy. Finish is very good too, savoury and long. Excellent. Time is on its side." 94+ pts Gary Walsh (Wine Front)

Halliday Wine Companion

"Hillside allows Kays to blend Block 11 (on the exposed tip of the hill with shallow sandy loam over limestone and sandstone, wind and sun keeping the yield low) with the higher yielding New Block 6 (dark chocolate loam and clay), matured in American and French oak for 20 months. An exceptional Kay Brothers wine that has elegance to burn." James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)


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