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A Historic 95-Point Shiraz at a Price So Low We Can’t Show It - 11/14/2017 - Australia

Earning high points and praise from the critics, the 95-Point, 2013 Kay Brothers. "Hillside" is about as an impeccably made Shiraz as we’ve ever had. This show-stopping red is an outstanding buy at its standard retail price of $55, but we are able to offer it here for a fraction of that. Fans of big reds with lots of varietal character and true terroir expression are going to fall hard for this 2013. With excellent weight and just the right amount of tannic grip, it’s a wine that’s a delight to enjoy in the near-term, but also has the stuffing to age for a decade or more. The value here is almost too-good-to-be-true and counts among our most exciting Shiraz offers in 2017. You won’t find a price this sharp anywhere else, making this a great opportunity to stock-up on.

The Kay brothers’ Amery Vineyard in McLaren Vale was established in 1891 by brothers Herbert and Frederick Kay. For generations the family has kept a detailed diary for the entire history of the property with excerpts like this from Friday 24th July 1891: "Began planting in fallow paddock - planted 452 Shiraz vines.” Today only one block still exists from the original plantings - Block 6 - at a staggering 125 years of age. In 1992, the family decided they wanted to preserve this incredible history and took selection massale cuttings from the original block and re-planted the surrounding slopes and thus the Kay Brothers’ Amery Vineyard “Hillside” Shiraz was born.

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2013 Kay Brothers "Hillside" Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia (Elsewhere $55) ($39.99)

95 points James Halliday: "Open-fermented, basket-pressed, matured for 18 months in American and Balkan oak. This is a distillation of all things McLaren Vale shiraz, a poached plum, blackberry and dark chocolate ragout, softly, but insistently, painting every corner of the mouth, the masterstroke the mouthwatering tannins simultaneously freshening and lengthening the finish. Drink this, cellar its big brothers."

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet in color, the 2013 Hillside Shiraz has a lovely, somewhat coy nose of red currants, black plums and kirsch with suggestions of chocolate box, incense, Provence herbs and fragrant earth. The medium-bodied palate has a solid foundation of grainy tannins and lively acid supporting the muscular fruit and finishing multilayered, with a hint of cedar poking through. (LPB)" (08/2016)

92 points Vinous: "Bright violet. Incisive scents of fresh dark berries, cherry pit, pungent flowers and cracked pepper; a subtle vanilla nuance builds in the glass. Juicy and broad in the mouth, showing strong lift and solid punch to the bitter cherry and black currant flavors. Aeration brings out olive and licorice qualities that carry through a very long, youthfully tannic finish. (JR)" (10/2017)

K&L Notes: 95 points Wine Front: "Super example of earthy, dark chocolaty and savoury McLaren Vale Shiraz. It has a perfume to it, which includes lavender and liquorice, plenty of spice and juicy blackberry fruit. Full bodied, though certainly not overweight, with clean acidity, a mass of fine grained ferrous tannin, toasty oak in support, and a clean tannic finish of mighty length. Love the rugged and tannic appeal of many a 2013. This has it, and a little bit more."

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 13, 2017

Kay Brothers continue to deliver the very essence of McLaren Vale. This is absolutely a regional classic that optimizes varietal and place. The perfume sways back and forth from dark fruit, to earth, to floral tones and back to savory smoked meat tones. Deep plummy fruit invades the palate with briary / garrigue notes, toasted spice, cured meat and liquored cherry. The palate is lush and concentrated, with fine, supple tannin and beautifully sustained length thanks to the wines natural acidity. This is an absolute joy to drink now and assured to go another decade in the cellar if you wish.

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 13, 2017

This is the very definition of a classic Shiraz from one of the most well-respected and oldest producers in McLaren Vale. It has a rugged, yet polished feel to it, clearly letting the land the grapes were grown in shine through. The centuries of practice this winery has had to perfect it's Shiraz have clearly paid off with a wine that showcases the best the varietal has to offer. Rich, but not fat, earthy, but not harsh, this is the epitome of balance and a beautiful example of what happens when McLaren Vale fruit and years of winemaking experience meet up.

Staff ImageShaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 13, 2017

Kay Brothers Hillside Shiraz is truly one of the iconic wines of Australia's McLaren Vale and a perennial favorite. Violets, chocolate and intense plum dominate the palate, however layers of dried meats, cracked pepper and fragrant spice are interwoven throughout. It is long and deep with mouthwatering, savory layers emerging in the glass and a nicely balanced level of acidity and fine tannin. Uou will be forgiven for thinking of the great syrahs of the northern Rhone when tasting this beauty.