2019 Kay Brothers Block 6 Shiraz
127yo vines foraging an entrenched root system across gravelly alluvials, sands, limestone and siltstone. The lowest yields on record for this regional icon, drenched, as always, in personality. Dark cherry, boysenberry, licorice straps and the usual melee but best, the gritty carapace of nourishing grape tannins, corralling and directing the flavours long. This is a wine of largesse and restraint. Old-school, but good school. Drink by 2039.
Ned Goodwin MW - James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion (February 2021)
From 127 year old vines, eking out 525 six packs. Normally would have been released last October, but now held back for a further six months. Release date is 30 March, 2022.
Liquorice, chocolate, oyster shell, blackberry, a little mint, spice and nutty oak. Deep and concentrated, intense and layered dark fruit and black olive, firm ironstone tannin, such depth and heft, but not really heavy, as such. It’s saline and earthy, toasty sage-like oak in support, fresh blackberry acidity, and a umami finish of superb length and sticky ribs of tannin. So purple. Essence-like. A mighty expression of old vine McLaren Vale Shiraz. Drink 2024 - 2042+
Gary Walsh - The Wine Front (March 2022)