2011 Sons of Eden "Kennedy" GSM Barossa Valley
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.
Smooth and expressive, brimming with coffee-accented blackberry and purple plum flavors, tumbling through the open-textured finish. Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre.
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."