2021 Kennedy Barossa Valley Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre

Deep crimson in colour and bursting with dark cherry, red-licorice and complex savoury spice aromas. The palate is very approachable, melding ripe fleshy fruits and chewy textural tannins this wine has excellent length and richness. Enjoy upon release or carefully cellar for the medium term.

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Gold Medal

Barossa Wine Show 2023

94 pts

Halliday (Dave Brookes)

The 22nd release of this particular grenache/shiraz/mourvèdre blend (this year 45/30/25%); from vines up to 90-plus years of age across Trial Hill, Light Pass, Nuriootpa, Seppeltsfield and Vine Vale. And it’s a good ‘un! Bright, perfumed and detailed with super-pure plummy fruit, layers of spice, earth, florals, gingerbread and roasting meat goodness. Driven by a vivid line of lacy acidity and framed with powdery tannin, it seems like it is a good place and will provide great drinking over the medium term.

92 pts

The Wine advocate (Erin Larkin)

The 2021 Kennedy Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvèdre is saturated with raspberry pip, spicy capsicum, salted licorice and loads of spice. It’s a fun little wine, with more than a dollop of savory tannin. There is plenty to love about this wine—it’s joyous in a way, a delicious thing.

 

Grape Variety:

  • Grenache 45% |Shiraz 30% |Mourvedre 25%

Technical Details:

  • Alcohol 14.5%|pH 3.48 |Acidity 6.09 g/L |Residual sugar: nil

Vineyards:

  • Light Pass Barossa Valley Grenache 60+ year-old vines|Nuriootpa Barossa Valley Grenache 45+ year-old vines|Trial Hill Barossa Valley Grenache 90+ year-old vines|Vine Vale Barossa Valley Shiraz 40+ year-old vines|Seppeltsfield Barossa Valley Shiraz 20+ year-old vines|Trial Hill Barossa Valley Mourvedre 30+ year-old vines|Light Pass Barossa Valley Mourvedre 25 year-old vines

The Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre varieties were all hand harvested and fermented separately. To aid colour, tannin and flavour extraction the three parcels were cold soaked for a short period prior to fermentation. Post ferment the Grenache and Mourvedre vessels were left on skins for an additional 11 days before being pressed straight to large oak puncheons for maturation. These parcels were matured in oak for 12 months with minimal intervention, before being blended, naturally clarified and then 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 60+ 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 2027

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