The McLaren Vale wine region is located between the Mount Lofty Ranges and the Gulf of St Vincent just South of Adelaide in South Australia. Historically it was John Reynell who established Chateau Reynella in 1838, and Thomas Hardy who purchased the historic Tintara in 1876, that kick started the development of the McLaren Vale wine industry. The climate is generally considered warm, although different aspects, altitude and the effect of the cooling ocean breezes moderate the climate within the different sub-regions of the Vale. A large number of soil types are present, although red-brown loams dominate. The biggest viticultural challenge is the potential for drought and the overall lack of water. Full bodied, robust and plush reds typify the McLaren Vale style. Plantings are dominated by Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, with smaller plantings of whites including Semillon, and Chardonnay. More recent plantings of Mediterranean varieties particularly suited to the climate, including Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Mourvedre, Savagnin and Fiano have also been very successful.
KAY BROS AMERY
Kay Brothers Amery Vineyards are located in the haunches of the Southern Mt. Lofty Ranges in the Seaview sub region of McLaren Vale. The farm was established in the early 1850s by Richard Baker Aldersey and named after his birthplace in Hampshire, England. Seven acres of vines were planted in 1886.
In 1890 the Amery property was purchased by Herbert and Frederick Kay, who, with cuttings from Hardy’s Tintara, set about planting “25,800 Shiraz, 5,000 Riesling, 10,000 Cabernet” on the relatively fertile mosaic of red loams, heavy clays and gravelly alluvial soils ironstone gravel. A gravitational winery was built into a hillside using the latest designs available in 1895. First vintage was 1896.
Third generation family member Colin Kay, who took over from his father Cud (Cuthbert) as winemaker in 1970 has gradually built up Kay’s Amery as one of the most important small wineries in McLaren Vale. With a strong and remarkable heritage and wonderful resources, Kay’s Amery has established itself again as one of McLaren Vales leading wineries.
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