KAY BROTHERS “Amery Vineyard Block 6” Shiraz 2013

(McLaren Vale, Australia) $110

There are several criteria a wine must meet before I think it’s great. It must be distinctive, precise, well-balanced, complex, and long. It must taste “connected” to the place where the grapes were grown. And it can’t merely be fruity; it must have more intriguing and sophisticated flavors—even a sense of corruption. This Kay Brothers Block 6 Shiraz—from 121-year-old vines (!)—hits the nail on the head. Plus, its texture is Bordeaux-sleek (no pancake syrup here) and the flavor is woven through with intriguing notes of exotic spices. Kay Brothers is one of the oldest family-owned wineries in McLaren Vale. If you need a bottle of wine for Father’s Day, this could be it.  (13.5% abv)

95 points KM

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