|Wine:||Kay Brothers “Ironmonger”|
|Maturation:||18 Months in French, American and European Oak|
Good evening there to all you wine lovers.
This evening I am going back a couple of years and looking at a wine that is only made in select vintages. Their Ironmonger Cabernet Shiraz blend. The ironstone that runs throughout the Amery vineyard is where this wine gets its name. With their Cabernet sourced from their Block 22 and their Shiraz from Block 4, 11 and new Block 6 (Which produces their most iconic Shiraz), the wine is basket pressed and open fermented.
Unlike the Barossa Valley 2011 Vintage, the McLaren Vale wine region did not suffer greatly during this year. There have been some very decent 2011 Cabernet’s that have come out of the region. These 2011 vintages are not the type of wines that you drink now, but thanks to heavier influences on herbaceous characters and heavier tannins off the skins of the grapes, these are the types of wine that you consider lying down over the next 5 years or so. It would be a shame not to look at some of the 2011 wines out of this region, though not rounded with fruit and overly full body, the wines produced during this year did showcase some other underlying characteristics of the bold red wines.
Colour: Deep Garnet
Aroma: I am greeted with blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, there are nuances of dark chocolate and Chinese five spice in the mix too. The more time you spend with the wine, the more the savoury earthy elements of the wine start to come out. Expect to find traces of liquorice, eucalypt and wet clay to come into the scene the longer this wine is left to breathe.
Palate: Rich and generous fruit offerings, ranging from dark berries and rich stewed plums. (This wine has more body to it than what I would have initially thought.) Then savoury elements start to work into this wine giving it body and structure through the mid-palate. (Dark chocolate and Chinese five spice). The finish tails off into a state of dried out figs and dark cherry/blackforrest cake. The flavours not quite as fruity as at the front of the wine, but a nice pleasant lingering aftertaste makes this wine a notable one.
My Thoughts: A very decent wine which does well to showcase a cooler and tougher climate that we had in 2011. There seems to be a balance to this wine which makes it feel bigger than most of the 2011 vintages on the market. I am surprised that they were able to get such a rich volume of fruit out of this vintage. However, thanks to the climate, this wine is able to showcase some great savoury and not so regional characters to this wine too. It’s quite exceptional for a vintage which produced some under-performing wines from a somewhat more forgettable year for the big reds.
Drink: Now to 2028
The SA Wine Guy