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2016 Hillside Shiraz

95 points Halliday 2020 - Established using cuttings from the century old Block 6, a classic example of full bodied McLaren Vale Shiraz.
$43.00 inc GST

The Hillside vineyard was established in 1992 using cuttings from the century old Block 6. A classic example of full bodied McLaren Vale Shiraz. 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. These vines are very exposed to the wind and sun. As a consequence, the vines mature earlier in most years and tend to be low yielding, with intense fruit concentration and powerful tannins.

 

The rest of the Hillside Shiraz is located farther down the hill, in New Block 6, where dark chocolate loam and clay soil dispersed with quartz and ironstone over silty limestone. The New Block 6 component provides the finesse and elegance to the overall blend with savoury flavours and tight structure. The blend of these two vineyards balances each other extremely well.

 

 

 "This is quintessential McLaren Vale shiraz, with dark chocolate running through the length of the medium-bodied palate, the complicated soil patterns of the Hillside gives this wine is signature. The vinification is traditional other than the mix of puncheons and a 5400l French foudre, and 23 months maturation." 95 points, Halliday 2020

 

The Hillside vineyard was established in 1992 using cuttings from the century old Block 6. A classic example of full bodied McLaren Vale Shiraz. 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. These vines are very exposed to the wind and sun. As a consequence, the vines mature earlier in most years and tend to be low yielding, with intense fruit concentration and powerful tannins.

 

The rest of the Hillside Shiraz is located farther down the hill, in New Block 6, where dark chocolate loam and clay soil dispersed with quartz and ironstone over silty limestone. The New Block 6 component provides the finesse and elegance to the overall blend with savoury flavours and tight structure. The blend of these two vineyards balances each other extremely well.

 

 

 "This is quintessential McLaren Vale shiraz, with dark chocolate running through the length of the medium-bodied palate, the complicated soil patterns of the Hillside gives this wine is signature. The vinification is traditional other than the mix of puncheons and a 5400l French foudre, and 23 months maturation." 95 points, Halliday 2020

 

Harvested on the 17th and 20th of February, traditionally processed with open fermentation and basket pressing in our 1928 press. The wine then matured for 23 months in American and French oak. The block 11 component was fermented and matured in a large French oak foudre (holding 5400L). Bottling took place in March 2018.

 

The moisture depleted sub-soils soaked up the rain and canopies were freshened while also filling out berry sizes. The final ripening period consisted of mild day time temperatures and cool nights, ideal for full flavour development.

 

Colour: Deep ruby

 

Nose: Alluring notes of smoky chacuterie, mocha, blackberry and dried herbs followed by a hint of cedar.

 

Palate: The palate is dense and concentrated. Lashings of rich dark berry fruits, marzipan and underlying earthiness. Followed by fine chocolate like tannins on the finish.  A full flavoured wine with plenty of class!!

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Products specifications
Vintage 2016
Wine Style Red
Variety Shiraz
Bottle Size 750ml
Products specifications
Vintage 2016
Wine Style Red
Variety Shiraz
Bottle Size 750ml