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Paul Kelly X BK Wines
PAUL KELLY x BK WINES COLLABORATION HILLS SYRAH 2021
Who’s gonna make the gravy this Christmas? Paul Kelly is!
Paul Kelly’s Christmas Train, the new album featuring Marlon Williams, Emma Donovan, Waleed Aly, Lior, Kasey Chambers, Kate Miller-Heidke, and many more, will be released on November 19, right in time to fill your Christmas hampers and gravy boats with a collaboration we’ve paired with none other than BK Wines.
A collection of 10 seasonal standards could never cover the richness Paul Kelly wanted to convey with a Christmas album. He knew he wanted to make a record that drew out all the emotions and layers of the Christmas story, and to do it in a way that reflected our experience in the southern hemisphere, far removed from the holly and snow imagery of so many Christmas songs.
The result isPaul Kelly’s Christmas Train, an extraordinary 22-song double album which travels across the centuries, from a Latin hymn to well-known carols, from a traditional Irish folk ballad to songs with an unmistakable local flavour, and a sparkling new version of one of the greatest Australian Christmas songs of them all, Kelly’s own How to Make Gravy recorded 25 years after its initial release.
“I’ve always been interested in Christmas songs and the variety of them,” Kelly says. “There is a double-edged sword to Christmas music because every year it is everywhere, pumped to you in supermarkets and malls. There is a lot of schlock but on the other hand there are so many great Christmas songs and so much to explore. I’ve chosen songs I love, which led me often to wander off the well-worn path, then chosen singers I thought best suited to them.”
To pair a wine with such a record, a union like no other, PK x BK. Paul Kelly plunged into a 2021 BK Hills Syrah fit for all your Christmas events with family and friends. Renowned Adelaide Hills single vineyard producer, BK Wines are focused on quality and creativity, not conformity - the perfect fit for Adelaide born Paul Kelly. A great friend of BTS, BK uses a minimalist approach to gently guide well-chosen fruit to a beautiful final result in the bottle. This combination of an artistic soul and unyielding quality standards makes BK a recognised master of his craft, much like the great PK.
“A stunning wine from one of the best vintages we have seen in a very long time. Beautifully poised showing blue fruits, white pepper and spices, great acid balance and length. Drink now with friends or stash a couple away for a few years and drink by yourself.” Brendan, BK Wines
Paul Kelly’s music breathes such depth and detail, you can expect nothing less from a PK Christmas record and a bottle of Syrah.
PAUL KELLY’S CHRISTMAS TRAIN IS RELEASED ON NOVEMBER 19 THROUGH EMI MUSIC. Paul Kelly x BK Hills Syrah available for pre-order, shipping from November 8 or November 19 with vinyl bundles.