2011 Sons of Eden "Kennedy" GSM Barossa Valley

SKU #1151122 93 points James Halliday

 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.

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. Drink now through 2018.—H.S.

K&L Notes

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.

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By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/6/2014  | 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 charred 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.
Drink from 2014 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 Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley 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, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. 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. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.

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Barossa Valley