The Kay Brothers vineyards grace the rolling foothills of the southern Mt. Lofty Ranges. Established in 1890 by Australian-born brothers, Herbert and Frederick Kay, the heritage-listed Kays Winery celebrated its first grape crush in 1895 and is the oldest McLaren Vale winery still in founding family hands. Today, the family continues the winemaking traditions in the heritage listed cellars.
Kay Brothers utilise a traditional method of pressing out their wines. Their Celestial & Coq basket press was installed and ready for use in the 1928 vintage to replace older hydraulic and manual screw presses that had proved unreliable. For their winemaker, it is still the preferred of their two presses. The basket press reflects Kay Brothers traditional wine-making philosophy. The grapes are pressed gently, resulting in softer tannins and cleaner juice - as the juice is filtered through the mass of pulp while draining through the basket. Whilst this process is labour intensive and time consuming, Kay Brothers are confident it translates to superior quality.
"Best Wineries of the Regions, 5 red stars" Halliday Wine Companion '14-'17