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 2014 vintage began with good winter and spring rainfall which provided the vines with a healthy canopy. Windy conditions during flowering and a nasty hail storm meant yields were low. A warm start to summer was met by 59 mm of rain in February, following this; final ripening conditions were cool allowing delicate flavors to develop slowly, producing balanced wines.
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 15 – 20 years, to delve into the ancient underlying geology consisting of quartz, ironstone and limestone.
Fruit was crushed, destemmed and then hand plunged utilising open top fermentation. Followed by traditional basket pressing in our 1928 basket press. The wine then matured in a combination of American, French and Eastern European oak barrels for 14 months.
The Basket Pressed Shiraz provides a fruit driven, full bodied McLaren Vale Shiraz in true Kay Brothers style.
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