Frederick and Herbert’s grandfather Edward Kay owned an ironmongers in Newcastle until he passed away in 1849. William, the father of Bert and Fred, used his inheritance to book passage on the ship Sea Queen to Adelaide. Sarah Catcheside, William’s future wife, was on the same voyage. William’s brother Robert stayed in England for another 10 months to arrange sale of the foundry before joining his brother. Robert went on to marry Sarah’s sister Anne Catcheside.
In an ironic turn of events the property which Fred and Bert purchased, Amery is scattered with large veins of ironstone which make up a considerable portion of the underlying geology. So much so that it was ironstone that was used to construct much of the original buildings and walls of the winery.
The Ironmonger is crafted from a remarkably expressive parcel of our Amery vineyard - full of character reflecting the season, and will not be produced in every year. The Cabernet grapes were sourced from our block 22 and the Shiraz from block 4, 11 and new block 6. Traditionally processed in open top fermenters and then basket pressed, the wine was matured in a combination of French, American and Eastern European oak hogsheads. Each variety was kept separate for 12 months at which point the wine was racked, blended and returned to oak for a further 6 months before bottling.
Deep garnet in colour it exhibits blackberry, plums, dried fig plus a hints of clove on the nose. The palate is powerful and complex with lashings of stewed fruit and dark chocolate. Fine lingering tannins providing length and structure.