2021 Kay Brothers Basket Pressed Shiraz
Founded by brothers Herbert & Frederick Kay in 1890, the Kay family have spent more than 130 years tending the Amery vineyard. This is the strongest release of Kay Brothers Basket Pressed Shiraz that we have seen for quite some time.
Matured for 12 months in a combination of French, American and Eastern European oak. Impenetrable inky black heart with a deep dark red black tinged hue. Wafting out of the glass are ripe blackberry, liquorice and dark plum aromas followed by some toasty vanillin oak, earthy dark chocolate and pepper notes. Rich and plush but far from overweight the palate is laden with succulent dark plum, liquorice and dark cherry fruits which have an underlying freshness. Traces of blueberry, vanillin cedar and spicy earth elements are also apparent. Excellent concentration with a sturdy yet well integrated tannin structure concluding long, juicy and vibrant.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.
Includes 5% Grenache. Aged in French, American and Eastern European oak. Not reviewed here since the 2018 vintage, though aside that, I think it’s one of the better vintages of this wine.
Juicy blue, black and red fruit, hazelnut and toasted coconut, dried herb and lavender perfume. It’s medium to full-bodied, a black and blue jube richness to fruit, but also some ironstone and umami flavours in the mix too, tannin is ripe, rippling and supple, and the finish is plump, fresh, and satisfying. It’s a warm hug from McLaren Vale kind of thing, and really lovely. A couple more years to let it shed some puppy fat may not be a bad idea, though it’s still pretty good fun as at now. Drink 2024-2030.
Gary Walsh – The Wine Front