A family tradition continues with Colin Kay (third generation) making wines from the oldest McLaren Vale winery still in family hands . The Amery property came into the hands of the Kay brothers in 1891 and the winery was completed in 1895. Block 6 which was planted out with shiraz in 1892 is still producing sought after wine (limited amounts available). This wine shows a combination of power and elegance with great depth of rich, full, sweet fruit flavours with black currants, plum, fig and dark chocolate. Balanced ripeness, together with old vine fruit tannin and oak integration is complex, layered and persistent with a long lingering finish.
A visit to the winery is an insight into the Mclaren Vale region of South Australia and the early days of grape growing and wine production in this area as in depth diaries have been kept. These diaries are a wealth of information and include records of the first plantings, where the vines were sourced,vintage reports , weather reports and insights into the day to day lives and challenges of living off the land in this era.
Colin`s main focus is to produce full-bodied fruit driven red wines which spend a minimum of 18 months in oak of various types. Relatively new to the range is a Moscato made from Frontignac grapes this wine maintains delicious fresh fruity grape flavours and with low alcohol levels and a spritzy finish is delightful served icy cold.
Kay Bros also produce a Liqueur Muscat – An intensely luscious rich Liqueur style of great complexity. Vintaged from very ripe McLaren Vale Muscat Blanc (Frontignac) grapes (the grapes are left on the vine until they are raisined) and matured for many years in small oak casks. Enjoy with Coffee, Dried Fruit and Nuts or try over Crushed Ice, with a twist of lemon. Also great as a topping on your favourite icecream.
Founders Very Old Tawny Solera – This superb Tawny Port was released to celebrate and commemorate the KAY family’s 100th year at Amery in 1990. To produce a port of this quality takes many years of small oak ageing and a patient Winemaker but the result is well worth the wait. A beautifully balanced port with a rich intensity of mouth filling flavours and a lingering aftertaste.
Colin Kay living legend of the wine industry tells his own story from making his first wine as a young man (boy actually) to the changes he has seen and his outlook for the future, so thank you Colin for taking the time to chat to us