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Kennedy 2018
Barossa Valley
Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre

$29.00

Deep crimson in colour this wine is bursting with ripe cherry, blackcurrants and complex five-spice aromas. The palate is an intriguing blend of red-fruit flavours and savoury undertones supported by a rounded and fleshy mid palate. The wine finishes with excellent length and freshness which ensures optimum drinking upon release but will mature well for the medium term.

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Grape Variety:

  • Grenache 46%
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  • Shiraz 36%
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  • Mourvedre 18%

Technical Details:

  • Alcohol 14.5%
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  • pH 3.60
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  • Acidity 5.9 g/L
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  • Residual sugar: nil

Vineyards:

  • Light Pass Barossa Valley Grenache 60+ year-old vines
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  • Rowland Flat Barossa Valley Grenache 100+ year-old vines
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  • Nuriootpa Barossa Valley Grenache 45+ year-old vines
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  • Seppeltsfield Barossa Valley Shiraz 20+ year-old vines
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  • Gomersal Barossa Valley Shiraz 20+ year-old vines
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  • Moppa Barossa Valley Mourvedre 50+ year-old vines
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  • Light Pass Barossa Valley Mourvedre 20+ year-old vines

All 3 varieties were hand harvested and fermented separately. To aid colour, tannin and flavour extraction the parcels were fermented warm, with temperatures reaching near 30oC. 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.

The KENNEDY is a classic blend of old vine Barossa Valley 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.

Optimum year 2024

Reviews

94 Points

The Real Review

Dense crimson-red colour, seems heavy in the glass. There's graphite and iodine, intense red and black berries, some alcohol heat too. Young. Entirely different when sipped - ripe, rich, and instantly accessible. Fruit purity a standout feature. Needs a little more time to sing in its best voice. 17th March 2020 Nick Butler Ranked #2 of 22 tasted