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2016 Basket Pressed Shiraz

Our hallmark style and signature varietal. This wine represents everything we love about McLaren Vale Shiraz.
$28.00 inc GST

For well over a century Shiraz has played the main role in producing wines of outstanding quality, depth and longevity at Kay Brothers. The Basket Pressed Shiraz continues this tradition.

The vineyards sourced for this wine have a predominately eastern exposure. Soil varies from sandy loam at the top of the hill to heavier loam and clay as it transcends down the hill towards the creek. The dry climate forces the vine roots, ranging from 9–18 years, to delve into the complex underlying geology consisting of quartz and ironstone gravels, weathered and calcareous sandstone, siltstone and limestone.

The Basket Pressed Shiraz provides a fruit driven, full bodied McLaren Vale Shiraz in true Kay Brothers style.

For well over a century Shiraz has played the main role in producing wines of outstanding quality, depth and longevity at Kay Brothers. The Basket Pressed Shiraz continues this tradition.

The vineyards sourced for this wine have a predominately eastern exposure. Soil varies from sandy loam at the top of the hill to heavier loam and clay as it transcends down the hill towards the creek. The dry climate forces the vine roots, ranging from 9–18 years, to delve into the complex underlying geology consisting of quartz and ironstone gravels, weathered and calcareous sandstone, siltstone and limestone.

The Basket Pressed Shiraz provides a fruit driven, full bodied McLaren Vale Shiraz in true Kay Brothers style.

The 2016 vintage growing season began with a dry and warm spring.Flowering conditions were quite good and berry set was reasonable. Mild but dry conditions continued into summer until the 29th of January, when we received 44 mm of much welcome rain. The rain freshened canopies and fleshed out berry size. The final ripening period was cool and dry allowing delicate flavours to develop slowly and produce full-flavoured wines with moderate alcohol levels and lovely aromatic notes.

The vineyard has a predominately eastern exposure. Soil varies from sandy loam at the top of the hill to heavier loam and clay as it transcends down the hill towards the creek. The dry climate forces the vine roots, ranging from 10–20 years, to delve into the complex underlying geology consisting of quartz and ironstone gravels, weathered and calcareous sandstone, siltstone and limestone.

Fruit was harvested from the 17th of February to the 8th of March. It was immediately crushed, destemmed and hand plunged utilising open top fermentation. Following 9-12 days on skins, traditional basket pressing in our 1928 basket press was employed. The wine then matured in a combination of American, French and Eastern European oak barrels for 13 months.

Colour: Deep ruby.

Nose: Complex earthy notes combine with rich raspberry compote, aniseed and charcuterie. Lingering in the background is a hint of smoky cedar.

Palate: Dense, rich fruit flavours of raspberry, blackberry and plum coat the palate initially before savoury black olive leads into soft, fine- grained and lengthy tannins to finish. A full flavoured and moorish Shiraz.

 

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Products specifications
Vintage 2016
Wine Style Red
Variety Shiraz
Bottle Size 750ml
Alcohol By Volume 14.5%
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