Kay Brothers Basket Pressed Grenache 2017
The 2017 Basket Pressed Grenache shows a bright crimson color and a nose filled with rose petals and cherries. The palate offers rich Morello cherry and strawberry conserve, followed by soft, gentle tannins and a refreshing acidity. It is sprightly, elegant and delicious.
Vintage 2017 was set up by wonderful winter and spring rainfall, being the wettest season since 1992. This rain gave the soils and entire ecosystem a much-needed flush after the dry summers of 2015 and 2016. Bud-burst was late but flowering conditions were mild and fruit set was good. Because of the mild summer temperatures vine canopies thrived with little stress compared to most years. The final ripening period was warm with cold nights, very favorable conditions for flavor development. Setting the scene for an outstanding high-quality vintage. Hand harvested on April 12th, open fermented, and hand plunged for 9 days on skins prior to putting our 1928 basket press into motion.
Decanting is recommended an hour or two before enjoying. This wine is ideally served at room temperature with lighter dishes such as tapas
PRODUCER: Kay Brothers
REGION: McLaren Vale
GRAPE VARIETY: 98% Grenache, 2% Shiraz
RESIDUAL SUGARS: 0.5 g/l
2017: 91 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Aug 2019
2016: 90 Pts - Wine & Spirits, Feb. 2018
2016: 90 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, June 2018
2015: 93 Pts - James Halliday, Oct. 6, 2016
2015: 91 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Oct. 12, 2017
2014: 93 Pts - Wine & Spirits, Feb. 2017