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Kay Brothers Hillside Shiraz 2015

Overview

Deep garnet in color. Perfumed aromas of musk, blackberry, dried herbs and clove supported by underlying notes of wood smoke. The palate is loaded with generous fruit, spice and balanced by fine savory tannins on the finish.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
The 2015 vintage growing season began with an extremely dry and warm spring. Flowering conditions were excellent therefore optimizing fruit set. Mild but dry conditions continued in early summer until mid-January, when we received 1.29 inches of much welcome rain. The rain freshened canopies and kick-started veraison (the onset of ripening). The final ripening period was warm but with cool nights and no extended heat waves, full flavor ripeness and nice natural acidity levels were preserved. Harvested on the 17th of February, traditionally processed with open fermentation and basket pressing in our 1928 press. The wine then matured for 21 months in American and French oak. The block 11 component was fermented and matured in a large French oak foudre (holding 1426.5 Gallons). Bottling took place in February 2017.


Serving Hints
We highly recommend decanting prior to serving. This wine is ideally served at room temperature and goes well with game dishes, and hearty lamb and beef.

Interesting Fact
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 vines.


PRODUCER: Kay Brothers
COUNTRY: Australia
REGION: McLaren Vale
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Shiraz
RESIDUAL SUGARS: 3.8 g/l
PH: 3.54
TOTAL ACIDITY: 7.2 g/l
ALCOHOL: 14.5%

Press Highlights

2015: 95 Pts - James Halliday, the Australian Wine Companion 2019
2015: 90 Pts - 'Cellar Selection' - Wine Enthusiast, Dec 2018
2013: 95 Pts - James Halliday, The Australian Wine Companion, Aug 2016
2013: 94 Pts - Wine Advocate #226, Aug 2016
2012: 95 Pts - James Halliday, The Australian Wine Companion, July 2015
2012: 94 Pts - Wine Advocate #220, Aug, 2015
2012: 92 Pts - Vinous, Mar 2016
2011: 93+ Pts - Wine Advocate #211, Feb 2014
2011: 92 Pts - James Halliday Wine Companion 2015, July 26, 2014
2010: 93 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Mar. 2015
2010: 94 Pts - James Halliday Wine Companion 2014
2010: 94 Points – James Halliday Wine Companion 2014
2010: 93+ Pts - Wine Advocate # 205, Feb. 20123
2010:  90 Pts ‘Year Best Shiraz” – Wine & Spirits, Oct. 2013
2008 - 91 Pts - Wine Advocate #192, Dec 2010
2008 - 92/100 Pts - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, Dec. 2010
2006 - 93 Pts - Wine Advocate #192, Dec 2010
2006 - The Best Wines of 2009 (2006 vintage) Tyson Stelzer, Taste Food & Wine, 2009

 
 
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