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1998 Kay Brothers Amery Vineyards Hillside Shiraz
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THIS IS THE BLOCK 6 REINCARNATED. In 1992 Colin Kay celebrated the 100th anniversary of Block 6 Shiraz, in the year 2000 the vines are now 106 years old. Colin honoured his ancestors by replanting part of the original vineyard to Shiraz, from cuttings made from Block 6 vines. The 1998 is the second release from this new vineyard and has proven to be an enormous success. The colour is almost as intense as the Block 6, and there are certainly strong parallels between the wines. Totally opaque brick red crimson mauve colour, with a solid black heart. Superb nose, with aroma of ripe plum, liquorice, spice and confectionery. A classic big McLaren Vale red. Mouthfilling palate flavours of plum, liquorice and spice followed by a warm spice, blackpepper aftertaste. Fine grained, firmish tannins, followed by very long warmish aftertaste of vanilla, plum and dark chocolate. Cellar 3-4 years.
Readers should be aware that the Kay Brothers produced a Shiraz Hillside that is aged in 100% new American oak and made from relatively young vines that are the same clone as the Shiraz planted in Block 6. It is very much made in the style of the Block 6, it just does not have the old vines and single block acclaim.
Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate
Medium to full red-purple; very ripe, rich and concentrated blackberry, plum and earth aromas foreshadow a palate with seductively sweet dark berry and dark chocolate flavours surrounded by supple tannins. Minimal oak input throughout.
James Halliday - Australian Wine Companion