Kay Brothers ‘Block 6’ Shiraz 2017

These enduring signature vines were planted by Bert and Fred Kay in 1892.  The 2017 vintage marks the 125th anniversary of the vineyard’s establishment and signifies a remarkably important date for the Kay family as ‘Block 6’ Shiraz has positioned itself as one of the icon Shiraz of Australia.

Long held in high esteem as one of McLaren Vale’s finest Shiraz plantings, ‘Block 6’ Shiraz continues the tradition at Kay Brothers of producing full bodied red wines that have the grace and pedigree to age for decades.  Handpicked and fermented in the original open top fermenters, ‘Block 6’ Shiraz is a wine of great strength, deep complexity and amazing vibrancy.

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“In 1892, brothers Fred and Herbert Kay took shiraz cuttings from neighbour Thomas Hardy’s vineyard in McLaren Vale and planted their own.  Now, 125 years later, those same vines squeezed out 11 tonnes of intensely flavoured shiraz grapes to produce this magnificent, cellar-worthy wine.  Best enjoyed now by splashing it into a decanter, leaving it for a couple of hours and then drinking from big-bowled glasses: lots of dark mulberry and sweet compost and a dusty tang to the tannins.”
Max Allen, The Financial Review, 27 November 2019

“95+ points”

“Pleasing symmetry between price and vine age. This 2017 is made from 125 year old vines. 746 dozen is the total production. I’d have Block 6 in my list of the greatest Australian Shiraz. I’ll offer that 2017 was a curious vintage for McLaren Vale reds, they’re a bit different, but high quality all the same.  It’s just above medium bodied, but feels dense and compact in tannin. Blackberry, aniseed, subtle toasty oak, sage and floral perfume. It has what you might call a ‘coolness’ to it, distinct umami flavour also laden with spice. That usual ironstone and crushed rock sort of character you may find in Block 6 is there too. Finish is long, and the tannin brings it home. Wonderful character and vinous integrity. It’s a little different, yet typical.”
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, October 2019

 

 

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