Friday, 4 December 2009

Kay Brothers 'Block 6' Shiraz

McLaren Vale, South Australia, screwtop

The Kay Brothers Amary Vineyards are McLaren Vale legends and this wine is a bottle of Australian history. The 'Block 6' part of the Amery Vineyard was planted in 1892 with Shiraz cuttings taken from Thomas Hardy's Tintara Vineyard. Where else in the world are you getting to drink wine from 114 year old vines? I think this may have been wrongly priced; I picked it up for AU$26 at Melbourne airport; the winery's website lists it as AU$60 (which is still a bargain!).

It's deep, dark purple in colour. The nose is rich and seductive; there's obvious oak, but it's tasty stuff with hints of sweet cinnamon, cedar and coffee. There's also plenty of fruit aromas that I suppose are more 'blue' than red or black; I'm thinking boysenberries, mulberries and blueberries. Having a sip and I'm hit by how rich and concentrated this is; there's black fruits, smoke and almost sweet, boysenberry. It's silky, smooth and surprisingly soft, with firm, but fine tannins. The 15% alcohol is nicely integrated and the finish is as long and seductive as you'd imagine. This is one tasty wine and a great example of classic, old school Aussie Shiraz.

Visit winery website.

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