2018 Kay Brothers Block 6 Shiraz

McLaren Vale, SA

The flagship Shiraz, and wine, from the oldest family owned winery in McLaren Vale.



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One of the great wines of Australia.

Gary Walsh (Wine Front)

About This Wine

Planted in the late 19th century, Block 6 is one of the oldest heritage vineyards in Australia. Gnarly old vines produce some truly concentrated and exceptional fruit.

Serious and powerful wine here, with layer upon layer of complexity to it. Perfumed florals, dark fruits, charcuterie and a hint of cedar. So much concentration with dark cherries, cacao and black olive, and more.

Rich and tannic right now, this is a wine that needs time to soften. The bones are there, now, it’s just a matter of some patience, for us to experience the glory of one of Australia’s greatest vineyards and wines.

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

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.

Blend : Shiraz (100%)
ABV : 14.5%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2038
Bottle Size : 750ml

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

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Stately 126 year old vines. Raised in 40% new American and French oak puncheons. One of the great wines of Australia. Savoury and rippling with ferrous and dense tannin, intense blackberry and boysenberry flavour, nutty oak, black olives and dried herb. Acidity is firm and pretty zesty, but sits inside the wine well enough, and again the umami almost porcini mushroom flavours through deep black fruit. Finish is all tannin, earthiness, frozen berries and super length. It’s a powerhouse vintage, and demands cellaring." 95+ pts Gary Walsh (Wine Front)

Halliday Wine Companion

"Fine boned. Powerful, sure, but there is a stridency to the fruit rather than a stolidness. Maritime shiraz, at its best, has a cooler side to violet, bergamot, boysenberry, anise and clove scents. The pepper-clad acidity, vibrant and pulling the melee long. The oak, ample, but not exaggerated. Intense, compact, fragrant and ready for the long haul." Ned Goodwin (Halliday Wine Companion)


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