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Kay Brothers Hillside Shiraz 2015 Details

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Kay Brothers Hillside Shiraz 2015

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Tasting Notes

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

Winemaker Notes

The Hillside vineyard was initially planted in 1892. 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, 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.
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 the vineyard received 1.3 inches of much welcome rain. The rain freshened canopies and kick-started veraison. 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

Pairings

Decanting is highly recommended. This wine is ideally served at room temperature and goes well with game dishes, and hearty beef and lamb. This wine is vegan and gluten-free.

Other Notes

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 5400L).

Ratings

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

Wine Profile

Vintage 2015
Wine Style Red Wine
Varietal Shiraz
Appellation McLaren Vale
Acid 7.2 g/l
PH 3.54
Residual Sugar 3.8 g/l
Alcohol % 14.5%
Size 750 ml