The Kay Brothers Amery Winery is the oldest McLaren Vale winery still in founding family hands.

The Kay Brothers McLaren Vale Amery Vineyards grace the rolling foothills of the Southern Mt Lofty Ranges. Established in 1890 by Australian born brothers, Herbert and Frederick Kay, the Heritage listed Kays Amery Winery celebrated its first grape crush in 1895 and is the oldest McLaren Vale winery still in founding family hands. Today, the family continues the winemaking traditions in the heritage listed cellars.

Kay Brothers utilise a traditional method of pressing out their wines. Their Celestial & Coq basket press was installed and ready for use in the 1928 vintage to replace older hydraulic and manual screw presses that had proved unreliable. For their winemaker, it is still the preferred of their two presses. The basket press reflects Kay Brothers traditional winemaking philosophy. The grapes are pressed gently, resulting in softer tannins and cleaner juice – as the juice is filtered through the mass of pulp while draining through the basket. Whilst this process is labour intensive and time consuming, Kay Brothers are confident it translates to superior quality.

Kay Brothers ‘Basket Pressed’ Grenache 2017

Lifted aromatics of rose petals, Morello cherry and musk are supported on the palate by juicy red berry fruits, cherry and black olive.  Fine grained tannins provide structure and great length.

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Kay Brothers ‘Basket Pressed’ Shiraz 2014

The Basket Pressed Shiraz represents over a century of hard work, respect and toil in both vineyard and winery.  Kay Brothers deliver Shiraz of superior quality and integrity. Deep dark red in colour, the Basket Pressed Shiraz exhibits aromas of mulberry, clove and musk underscored by roasted hazelnut, cigar box and cedar.  Juicy red berry fruits flood the palate and finish…

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Kay Brothers ‘Griffon’s Key’ Reserve Grenache 2017

The fruit was hand-picked from a remarkably expressive parcel in the Amery vineyard.  Artisanal winemaking ensures a rich, concentrated and powerful style reflecting its name and character. Tread carefully past the mythological ‘king of creatures’ and discover the drinking pleasure it is guarding. “96 points”  “One of Australia’s most sophisticated Grenaches achieves a seamlessly even accord between exacting varietal definition,…

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Kay Brothers ‘Hillside’ Shiraz 2012

The Hillside vineyard was initially planted in 1892 and, in 1992 a systematic replanting of the eastern hillside commenced, using cuttings taken from the 100- year-old Block 6 Shiraz and suitably named New Block 6.  Unlike Block 6, Hillside allows Kay Brothers to pick various parcels of fruit so as to assemble the best blend possible. Rich, ripe array of…

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