2006 Kay Brothers Shiraz Hillside
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale: $29.94 (was: $47.94)
"The Kay Brothers wines make no concessions to modernity, sticking to the tried and true methods of crafting traditional, cellar-worthy Shiraz." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Nothing screams Australia like Shiraz, and while the loudest examples are known for being great early drinkers, the best age like great Syrah ought to. One of Australia’s oldest family wineries, Kay Brothers crafts gorgeously balanced and powerful Shiraz from their ancient McLaren Vale vineyard in the foothills of Mt. Lofty, and their 2006 Hillside Shiraz shows just how well Aussie Shiraz can age. At only $32.94, this back-vintage gem is a no brainer for fans of Syrah looking to stock up on some ready to drink bottles. And, for Aussie doubters who look for balance and ageability, the 2006 Kay Brothers’ Hillside is guaranteed to change how you feel about Shiraz.
The Wine Advocate has praised current owner Colin Kay for his “old style, high quality, distinctive Australian reds” that buck the image of Aussie Shiraz being ‘over-the-top.’ Still showing off plenty of juicy red fruit, this 12-year-old Shiraz displays melt-in-your-mouth tannin and mature notes of “smoked game, hung meat, dried plums and kirsch” (Wine Advocate) that are evocative of the Northern Rhone.
Kay Brothers’ long history in McLaren Vale is one of their best assets as their iconic vineyard is as old as the winery itself. When replanting of certain blocks began in 1992, they had their own century old vines to take the cuttings from, using the exceptionally well adapted clonal material to continue the story of this vineyard. Grab a few of these terrific well-aged values for holiday meals and enjoy, no patience required! Cheers!