2011 Sons of Eden "Kennedy" Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvedre Barossa Valley
A 48/37/15% blend sourced from four distinctly parts of the Barossa Valley. Light crimson-purple; the fragrant bouquet leads into a complex palate, opening with red fruits, but then progressively moving to darker, more savoury flavours on the long, finely balanced, finish.
Smooth and expressive, brimming with coffee-accented blackberry and purple plum flavors, tumbling through the open-textured finish. Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2018.—H.S.
Sons of Eden is a new project from two guys who really know what they're doing. Winemaker Corey Ryan has 20+ vintages under his belt making wines for famed producers such as Henschke in Eden Valley. He was also named New Zealand Wine Maker of the Year during a stint at Villa Maria. Viticulturalist Simon Cowham brings another 24+ years of experience to the duo serving as a long time vineyard manager at Pewsey Vale and Yalumba. The Sons of Eden wines 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. Winemaker's Notes: The Kennedy is a classic blend of old vine Barossa Grenache (39%), Shiraz (37%) and Mourvèdre (24%) varieties. Named as a tribute to the legendary Barossa Vigneron's who pioneered the planting of the old treasured vineyards. 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. 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.