Kay Brothers Hillside Shiraz 2017 (McLaren Vale)
The 2017 vintage Kay Brothers Hillside Shiraz is deep ruby in colour. With alluring aromas of smoky charcuterie, mocha, blackberry and dried herbs followed by a hint of cedar. The palate is dense and concentrated. Lashings of rich dark berry fruits, marzipan and underlying earthiness. Followed by fine chocolate like tannins on the finish. A full flavoured wine with plenty of class!!
The Hillside vineyard was established in 1992 using cuttings from the century old Block 6. A classic example of full bodied McLaren Vale Shiraz. Unlike Block 6, the Hillside Shiraz allows Kay Brothers to pick various parcels of fruit so as to assemble the best blend possible.
Block 11, located at the top of the hill, has shallow sandy loam soil over limestone and sandstone. These vines are very exposed to the wind and sun. As a consequence, the vines mature earlier in most years and tend to be low yielding, with intense fruit concentration and powerful tannins.
The rest of the Hillside Shiraz is located farther down the hill, in New Block 6, where dark chocolate loam and clay soil dispersed with quartz and ironstone over silty limestone. The New Block 6 component provides the finesse and elegance to the overall blend with savoury flavours and tight structure. The blend of these two vineyards balances each other extremely well.
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