Sunday, 29 January 2012

Kay Brothers Amery Basket Press Grenache 2010

Kays Amery has some of the oldest vines in the Vales but they are from the Shiraz variety.  All of the Grenache come off of their own estate and is fermented in old and large format barrels.  These guys have been producing wines in this style for a long time now and have not wavered in the face of fashion.  Wine fashion has swung back to wines of greater elegance and less oak influence which means Kays is back with vengeance.

Kay Brothers Amery Basket Press Grenache 2010

There is an exotic nature about this medium bodied beauty that I haven't tasted in any wine from the Vales.  This wine is definitely not big or bold but it is controlled and vibrant.  It is a wine to drink with food and friends out the back under a fruit tree with the BBQ cracking.  The tannin structure of the wine is light yet provides a blanket of texture over the whole of my tongue. Do I really care about the flavours? Well, yes as there are notes of sweet prunes and spicy raspberries mixed with caramelised cranberries joyfully dancing on my tongue.  While many of those flavours sound sweet the wine is more neutral, being neither sweet nor overtly savoury. After being assaulted with a feather of flavour the wine finishes with bright acidity leaving my mouth dry and refreshed.

Alcohol: 14.5%
Price: $22
Rated: 87+
Drink: Now - 2018

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