Griffons are powerful and majestic creatures that have the body, tail and hind legs of a lion and the head, talons and wings of an eagle. They symbolise divine power and are known for guarding treasure and priceless possessions. The key held in the griffon’s beak is believed to refer to the griffon’s role as a guardian as well as the Kay name. We felt that symbolism of the Griffon matched this premium Grenache perfectly.
The fruit was hand-picked from a remarkably expressive parcel in the Amery vineyard. Artisanal winemaking ensures a rich, concentrated and powerful style reflecting its name and character. Tread carefully past the mythological ‘king of creatures’ and discover the drinking pleasure it is guarding.
Vintage 2017 was set up by wonderful winter and spring rainfall, being the wettest season since 1992. This rain gave the soils and entire ecosystem a much needed flush after the dry summers of 2015 and 2016.The vineyard has a North-Eastern exposure. Soils are shallow red sandy loam over complex geology comprising quartz and ironstone gravels, weathered and calcareous sandstone, siltstone and limestone.
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Bud-burst was late but flowering conditions were mild and fruit set was quite good. Because of the mild summer temperatures vine canopies thrived with little stress compared to most years. The final ripening period was warm with cold nights, very favourable conditions for flavor development. Setting the scene for an outstanding high quality vintage.
The best parcels of hand-picked Grenache were selected from the Amery vineyard. Fruit was open fermented and hand plunged for 10 days on skins, prior to traditional basket pressing in our 1928 press. The wine matured a further 10 months in aged French oak puncheons.
Colour: Bright crimson with a violet hue.Nose: Alluring aromas of rose petal, dark cherries and a hint of spice.Palate: Rich and concentrated fruit flavours of strawberry, raspberry and dark cherries. Nice supple acidity and fine silky tannins combine to provide an elegant finish. A very seductive Grenache!
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No man was more responsible for Cabernet's success at Kay Brothers than Cuthbert 'Cud' Kay. Named in his honour, this is our finest example of the variety.
Our longstanding passion for Grenache inspired our ambition to produce a vibrant dry rosé.