2011 Sons of Eden "Kennedy" GSM Barossa Valley (Previously $30)

SKU #1151122 93 points James Halliday

 Bright crimson-purple hue, although not deep; a 30/37/24% blend; particularly attractive wine in the context of '11, with abundant sweet dark berry fruit without any Turkish delight/confection flavours; there is a seamless flow of flavour from the first sip right the way through to the aftertaste.  (7/2013)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Smooth and expressive, brimming with coffee-accented blackberry and purple plum flavors, tumbling through the open-textured finish. Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre.  (5/2014)

K&L Notes

Sons of Eden is a new project from two guys who really know what they're doing. Winemaker Corey Ryan and viticulturalist Simon Cowham bring over 20 years of experience to the Sons of Eden wines, which showcase the best of Barossa with fantastic purity of fruit, power, balance and elegance. They are selected from some of the best single parcels in the region; with Simon managing hundreds of vineyards, he is able to pick out his favored blocks literally one barrel at a time. The Kennedy is a classic blend of old vine Barossa Grenache (39%), Shiraz (37%) and Mourvèdre (24%). Named as a tribute, 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. Winery tasting notes: "Deep crimson in color, this wine has fresh aromas of ripe blackcurrants and plum. A rich complex savory palate, displaying layers of ripe berry flavour and velvety tannins, finishing with roundness and great length."

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Staff Image By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/4/2015 | Send Email
Sons of Eden has an extensive source of fruit coming from six different sub-regions in the Barossa Valley. While they supply some fruit to others, you know that they select the best for their own label. Winemaker Corey Ryan (Henschke) and viticulturist Simon Cowham (Yalumba) cut their teeth in the Barossa sub-region Eden Valley, hence the name Sons of Eden. Truly a fine team, they bring the pedigree and finesse from their experience. Made from 39% Grenache, 37% Shiraz and 24% Mourvedre, the "Kennedy" offers a classic blend from this challenging vintage. The bouquet is lifted with a more red fruited character that shows plum, mullberry, earth, leather and a hint of winter mint. On the palate, the wine is supple with fine, seamless tannins with a ferrous dusty cumin spice note and a dash of milk chocolate Fine acidity supports the overall balance with good drive and length.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/4/2015 | Send Email
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The answer to many critics and even some winemakers who have written off the 2011 vintage in South Australia. The vintage was one of the coldest and wettest on record with weather more like Seattle than Adelaide! However Simon and Corey have crafted a wine that is a shinning representation their grape growing / wine making skills and the ability of Barossa to produce incredibly delicious wines that are fresh, vibrant and a million miles away stylistically from the jammy, sweet fruit bombs that people often associate with the region. Never ones to make over-the-top wines anyway, the cards that mother nature dealt Simon and Cory in 2011 made them focus on purity and balance over bulk and brawn. This wine has fantastic purity of fruit and lovely ripe berry flavors, bramble fruit, loganberry. It also has sweet spice, black pepper and hint of bloody steak. The wine is so supple and silky on the palate with super fine tannins and bright but soft acidity. The old vine (50+ yrs) origins of this wine show up on the finish with a lovely rocky, soil driven complexity adding yet another element to this complex wine. This has all the purity of fruit I want from Barossa with the layers and complexity I seek in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. A really great bottle I implore you to try. Phenomenal value at $19.99!
Top Value! Drink from 2015 to 2020

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- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Barossa Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 14