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Kay Brothers Hillside Shiraz 2018


The 2018 vintage of Hillside Shiraz leads with a deep ruby color. The bouquet exhibits alluring aromas of dark purple fruits, black currant and dried herbs, followed by earthy notes. The palate is dense and concentrated, with rich dark fruits, umami, black olive tapenade and chocolate. Supported by gritty, textured tannins, the wine lingers on the finish.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
Various parcels of grapes were used to assemble the best blend. Block 11 has shallow sandy loam soil over limestone and sandstone. These vines are exposed to the wind and sun. As a consequence, the vines mature earlier in most years and tend to be lower-yielding, with intense fruit concentration and powerful tannins. In New Block 6, dark chocolate loam and clay soil mix with quartz and ironstone over silty limestone. These components provide the finesse and elegance to the overall blend with savory flavors and tight structure. Vintage 2018 began with good winter and early spring rainfall. In late spring, the weather began to warm up and flowering conditions were moderate, but late. The summer was extremely dry and veraison was late but came on quickly as temperatures rose in late-January. The final ripening period of Feb to early-March continued to be dry. Temperatures were mild and conditions were ideal for steady ripening and flavor development. Harvested on March 13 and 14, the grapes were crushed, de-stemmed and plunged twice daily while spending 11 days on skins in our traditional open fermenters. The wine was then basket-pressed and matured for 21 months in American and French oak. Bottling took place in March 2020.

Serving Hints
Decanting is recommended prior to serving. This wine is ideally served at room temperature and goes well with game dishes, and hearty lamb and beef.

Interesting Fact
The Hillside vineyard was initially planted in 1892 and in 1992 a systematic replanting of the eastern hillside commenced using cuttings taken from the 100 year old Block 6 Shiraz vines.

Producer: Kay Brothers
Region: McLaren Vale
Country: Australia
Wine Composition: 100% Shiraz
Alcohol: 14.5%
Total Acidity: 7.5 G/L
pH: 3.6

Press Highlights

2018: 94 Pts - Wine Advocate, Aug 2021
2018: 94 Pts - James Halliday, the Australian Wine Companion, Aug 2021
2017: 95 Pts - James Halliday, the Australian Wine Companion, Aug 2020
2015: 95 Pts - James Halliday, the Australian Wine Companion 2019
2015: 90 Pts - 'Cellar Selection' - Wine Enthusiast, Dec 2018
2013: 95 Pts - James Halliday, The Australian Wine Companion, Aug 2016
2013: 94 Pts - Wine Advocate #226, Aug 2016
2012: 95 Pts - James Halliday, The Australian Wine Companion, July 2015
2012: 94 Pts - Wine Advocate #220, Aug, 2015
2012: 92 Pts - Vinous, Mar 2016
2011: 93+ Pts - Wine Advocate #211, Feb 2014
2011: 92 Pts - James Halliday Wine Companion 2015, July 26, 2014
2010: 93 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Mar. 2015
2010: 94 Pts - James Halliday Wine Companion 2014
2010: 94 Points – James Halliday Wine Companion 2014
2010: 93+ Pts - Wine Advocate # 205, Feb. 20123
2010:  90 Pts ‘Year Best Shiraz” – Wine & Spirits, Oct. 2013
2008 - 91 Pts - Wine Advocate #192, Dec 2010
2008 - 92/100 Pts - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, Dec. 2010
2006 - 93 Pts - Wine Advocate #192, Dec 2010
2006 - The Best Wines of 2009 (2006 vintage) Tyson Stelzer, Taste Food & Wine, 2009

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