|Wine:||Kay Brothers Basket Pressed Shiraz|
|Variety:||Shiraz 94% Grenache 4% Mataro 2%|
|Maturation:||French, American and Eastern European Oak for 14 Months|
|Wine Maker:||Duncan Kennedy|
After my last review of the perfect 2012 Penfolds Grange, I thought I would come back down to earth again and look at a Shiraz that has been turning over exceptional results in my last 2 reviews. The 2012, and 2013 vintages of Kay’s basket pressed Shiraz range, have been well above average and exceeded the expectations that you would look at in a $25.00 bottle of wine. It should come as no surprise that the 2014 vintage should also be an exciting vintage too. I have been impressed immensely by the 2014 Shiraz that I have come across out of the McLaren Vale wine region. With a good track record on their Shiraz I look forward to presenting to you this evening the 2014 vintage Basket Pressed Shiraz.
Colour: Deep ruby red, with purple tinge.
Aroma: Dark chocolate (80% coca) gateau, liquorice, mulberry, cloves, dark cherry cigar box and nuances of floral aromas from the likes of violets, and roasted hazelnuts.
Palate: Medium plus; it is a ride of dark chocolate that is accompanied by the tannins that gives this wine a real vibe of consuming dark chocolate in wine form. However, there is more. Acid balance resembled by red fruits, and blueberry start to roll on in adding a balance to this wine. To accompany the bitterness on the front of the wine, I start to get some tartness, which is brought along by characteristics of rhubarb and cranberry. The finish rolls on in almost effortlessly in a silky gliding fashion, of Nutella, cigar box and wood-herbs, maintaining this underlying strength matched up with a feminine softness.
Personal Thoughts: Let’s just say it from the start. Three for three for Kay Brothers. This is another fantastic basket-pressed, and for something that is only running at 14% alcohol feels a lot bigger than it is. I feel that at only $25.00 dollars a bottle it is nearly a steal for the quality of wine you are getting. Just like the Filsell from Grant Burge in the Barossa, the Kay’s Shiraz showcases the qualities that I love about McLaren Vale Shiraz for a reasonable price. Maybe I should stop being surprised and start expecting quality wine every time I open a new vintage Basket Pressed Shiraz.
Drink: Now to 2030
The SA Wine Guy