Kay Brothers Basket Pressed Shiraz 2010
Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
The 2010 Basket Pressed Shiraz is dark purple with a medium to full intensity. Filled with aromas of roast beetroot, fleshy blackberries with subtle tobacco leaf and savory dried spice. Juicy, fresh briary berry fruits along with quince flavors, follow on the palate, with a rich, savory finish. The medium to full-bodied wine is held by fine acidity, as well as grainy tannins, underscored by a hint of wood smoke derived from the maturation in larger oak casks.
Australian Wine Companion - "Deep crimson; a perfumed bouquet in keeping with regional mulberry, fruitcake and bitter chocolate expectation; the palate is lively and reveals the freshness of the vintage; medium-boded with ample levels of juicy fruit, gravelly tannins and mocha oak on the finish."
Kay Brothers Winery
Established in 1890 by Australian born brothers Herbert & Frederick Kay, it is the oldest McLaren Vale winery still in the hands of the founding family, with Herbert's grandson Colin Kay continuing the family winemaking tradition. Bordering St. Vincent's Gulf, 24 miles south of Adelaide, the Kay Brothers McLaren Vale vineyards grace the rolling foothills of the Southern Mt. Lofty Ranges. The winery is located at the top of a hill three miles from the McLaren Vale Township & the cellar door, which is part of the original winery complex, boasts some stunning panoramic views of the surrounding picturesque valleys and hillsides. The Kay's are specialists of traditional grape growing & winemaking, utilizing grapes from their own 54 acre vineyards to produce their wines. The main grape variety grown is Shiraz (including the 1892 planted Block 6) followed by Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Grenache, Mataro (Mourvedre) & Muscat Blanc. Colin's winemaking philosophy is to make rich full-bodied fruit-driven wines (using the original open fermenters and basket press) with a minimum of 18 months ageing in small American oak casks. The Block 6 Shiraz & Hillside Shiraz spend up to two & a half years maturing in a combination of American, Eastern European and French oak barrels. View all Kay Brothers Wines
About McLaren ValeView a map of McLaren Vale wineries
McLaren Vale is home to the oldest Australian vineyard, with grapes planted in 1838. It's a coastal area, the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which leads to a cooling factor that prevents the grapes from getting too hot. In all, the climate is a perfect one for the vines.
Notable FactsIn McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of Australia, Shiraz and Grenache are the top grapes of the region, with some Cabernet Sauvignon planted as well. While red rules, whites are able to hold their own here too. With the warm yet reasonable Mediterranean climate, white grapes like Chardonnay, Semillon and even some Sauvignon Blanc grow well. The wines are round and smooth and the producers in the regions are excellent.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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2 ratings, 2 with reviewsLQOTW - Colfax, WI31/18/2014
I was rather disappointed by this particular wine. The flavor was broad and not particularly deep in complexity - rather like a plank. 2 of my guests liked it, though, and so I waited on it a little wondering it needed to breathe longer. It did improve some, but not enough to make me buy, again. Still have one bottle left. This wine was part of a shipment that arrived damaged due to the great Polar Vortex of early December. Thus, I am unsure whether this particular wine was affected or not.KarenDFW - Napa, CA510/21/2013
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we were really impressed with this wine this weekend...and in a screw top. Who knew!! We will definitely buy it againRelated Products
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
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Fruity & Smooth
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Rich & Creamy
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