Block 6 Shiraz Magnum 2017

Only 300 Magnums were produced of the 125th Anniversary Edition Block 6 Shiraz


Long held in high esteem as one of McLaren Vale’s finest Shiraz plantings, Block 6 Shiraz continues the tradition at Kay Brothers of producing full bodied red wines that have the grace and pedigree to age for decades. Handpicked and fermented in the original open top fermenters, Block 6 Shiraz is a wine of great strength, deep complexity and amazing vibrancy.

The 34th vintage of this single vineyard wine coincides with the 125th Anniversary of the gnarled old vines planted by Frederick and Herbert Kay in 1892. The 2017 vintage provided a very healthy crop, seemingly wanting to tell us how enduring these vines are and how unique the Amery vineyard is.

The Block 6 vineyard faces east and rows run north south with significant undulation. The vines are cane pruned with the canes wrapped onto the top wire of the low lying trellis. The present 3.5 acres comprises a corner of red loam, some heavy clay in the middle of the block and gravely alluvial soils on the lower side. The underlying “South Maslin Sands” geology is extremely complex containing layers of glauconite, limestone, sandstone and siltstone.

"Block 6 is east-facing, the 124yo vines running north-south. Hand-picked, crushed and destemmed, open-fermented, 10 days on skins, matured for 23 months in puncheons (40% new).
The most remarkable feature of the wine is its medium-bodied elegance, with dark cherry and blackberry fruits supported by soft tannins. A tour de force." 97 points, 2016 Block 6 Shiraz, Halliday 2020

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