July 22, 2011

Kay Brothers 2008 Hillside Shiraz

Kay Brothers is the oldest McLaren Vale winery continuously owned by the same family starting with the Kay Brothers (Herbert & Frederick) who planted it in 1890. I think that the success of this wine is beside the fact that the team harvested before the 15 day long heatwave that caused some havoc in the Vale & other regions, the 2008 vintage had up until that point been an ideal ripening vintage.

Therefore, the concentration of densely packed berries, earth & fragrant cinnamon spice in this wine is fresh & the 15% alcohol is well integrated providing extra lift on the nose. It is already smooth, supple & warm after languishing for 28 months in new & seasoned oak but this is definitely one to get into your cellar.

Date: October 2010   Price: $45+  Value: $$$  Drink: Now  –  7 years


Looking for a something specific, please use search:

You May Also Like…

Louis Roederer Philippe Starck Vintage Champagne

Louis Roederer Philippe Starck Vintage Champagne

If you are a lover of Champagne, you will already know the Roederer Champagne house. If you are a lover of design, particularly the Alessi citrus juicer, you will already know of Philippe Starck. When Roederer teamed up with him, Starck insisted that he had input into...

Dowie Doole – the Moxie from McLaren Vale

Dowie Doole – the Moxie from McLaren Vale

Image: Winemaker Chris Thomas of Dowie Doole circa 2011 (photo by thewinemuse) While I am always keen to try new regions of the world, there is always a sense of discovery when I get to taste the latest from the McLaren Vale in Australia's south. Therefore, I couldn't...

Henschke Henry’s Seven 2017

Henschke Henry’s Seven 2017

The Henschke family is part of Australia’s First Families of Wine initiative and have a long history of winemaking in Australia. The family is also known as being one of the early champions of sustainable vineyard practices. In particular, biodynamic and organic...


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *