95 Points & Special Vaue Wine James Halliday
The KENNEDY is a classic blend of old vine Barossa Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre varieties. Named as a tribute to the legendary Barossa Vigneron’s who pioneered the planting of the old treasured vineyards, which the Barossa enjoys today. The Grenache fruit is the ‘soul’ of this blend and is from an exceptionally low yielding 50+ year-old Light Pass Vineyard. Originally planted by the Kennedy Family, with ownership eventually being passed onto the charismatic Leo ‘Joe’ KENNEDY who nurtured the vines for many years, selling his prized fruit to local winemakers.
Deep crimson in colour this wine is bursting with ripe cherry, plum, sweet spice and red liquorice aromas. A complex blend of palate flavours are supported by soft, velvety tannins all finishing with a savoury undertone.
All 3 varieties were hand harvested and fermented separately. To aid colour, tannin and flavour extraction most parcels were fermented warm, with temperatures reaching 30C. The Grenache and Mourvedre parcels were macerated on skins for 10-20 days before being pressed straight to seasoned oak hogsheads and puncheons for maturation. These parcels were then barrel maturated for 16 months without racking on full press solids, then naturally clarified, blended and bottled.
Grenache 40%, Shiraz 34%, Mourvedre 26%
“A 40/34/26% blend, fermented and matured separately, the grenache and mourvedre macerated for 10-20 days on skins after (warm) fermentation, matured in used French oak for 16 months before blending. Avoids confection/sweet fruit flavours, and does so with panache, ringing red, purple and black fruits into the very complex medium to full-bodied palate, cherry/plum and blackberry flavours welded together with a savoury, spicy subtext.” – 95 Points & Special Vaue Wine James Halliday
“Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro. Kennedy pretty much delivers year on year. Cherry, floral perfume, spice and liquorice. Medium bodied, soft and silky, plump fruit with a savoury olive tapanade thing at its core, clean acidity, and fine powdery tannin on a supple creamy berry finish. Fine style. Not a hair out of place.” – 93 Points Gary Walsh