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Kay Brothers Block 6 Shiraz 2018

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  • WE91
750ML / 14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Block 6 Shiraz 2018 is the 35th release of this unique, single-vineyard wine, celebrating 126 years of establishment with this vintage. The original Shiraz vines were planted by Herbert and Fredrick Kay in 1892. It has become the winery’s signature wine.

Deep ruby color. Perfumed bouquet of potpourri, red fruits, charcuterie, and a hint of cedar. On the palate, layers of concentrated dark berry fruit, cacao, and black olive. Followed by slowly-building, fine-grained graphite tannins of immense length. Rich and concentrated, with power and finesse.

Decanting is recommended. This wine is ideally served at with hearty meat and game dishes.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From vines planted in 1892, the 2018 Block 6 Shiraz is another ripper, as Aussies might say. Aged in 40% new French and American oak, the cedar, grilled meat and vanilla accents are there, but they're just part of a compelling package that includes notes of blackberries, licorice, black olives and intricate herbal complexities of sage, thyme and the like. Full-bodied and concentrated, it's structured yet supple, powerful yet elegant, with a long, velvety finish, simply a terrific example of Block 6—perhaps the best I've had the privilege to taste. Impressive now, it really deserves a few years in the cellar, and it should drink well for up to two decades.
JH 96
Australian Wine Companion
From 126yo vines and a traditional approach to vinification. 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.
JS 92
James Suckling

Notes of bark and dusty earth add complexity to the red berry aromas. With its ample, moderately dry tannins this has clearly been built to age. This self-confidently dry style may not be for everyone, but we find this well balanced at the long firm finish. Handpicked from 126 year old vines.

WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
This is another powerful and austere bottling from this historic McLaren Vale estate. Vanilla and cola aromas sit beside plump plum and berry fruit, licorice and dusty spice. In the mouth, there's freshness alongside powerful, granular tannins. Drink 2023–2032.
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Kay Brothers Colin Kay with Sam in Block 6 Winery Image

Established in 1890 by Australian born brothers Herbert and 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 and the cellar door, which is part

of the original winery complex, boasts some stunning panoramic views of the surrounding picturesque

valleys and hillsides.

The Kays are specialists of traditional grape growing and 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) and 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 aging in small American oak casks.

The Block 6 Shiraz & Hillside Shiraz spend up to two and a half years maturing in a combination of

American, Eastern European and French oak barrels.

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Known for opulent red wines with intense power and concentration, McLaren Vale is home to perhaps the most “classic” style of Australian Shiraz. Vinified on its own or in Rhône Blends, these hot-climate wines are deeply colored and high in extract with signature hints of dark chocolate and licorice. Cabernet Sauvignon is also produced in a similar style.

Whites, often made from Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc tend to be opulent and full of tropical, stone and citrus fruit.

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Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah makes an intense, powerful and often age-worthy red. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah achieves its maximum potential in the steep village of Hermitage and plays an important component in the Red Rhône Blends of the south, adding color and structure to Grenache and Mourvèdre. Syrah is the most widely planted grape of Australia and is important in California and Washington. Sommelier Secret—Such a synergy these three create together, the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre trio often takes on the shorthand term, “GSM.”

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