Shiraz Barossa South Australia
The topical old vines Barossa cépage of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourverdre, fashioned to a style which would have warmed the hearts of the earliest Barossa settlers. The dominant component of Grenache is picked off an exceptionally low yielding property at Light Pass, originally planted by the Kennedy family in the 1960s. Leo Joe Kennedy husbanded these precious old vines for decades, he knew each planting by name and reserved the pick of fruit for inclusion into many of the Barossa's most memorable vintages.
Two thirds Grenache, sourced off precious sites in the Light Pass and Rowland Flat precincts of Barossa Valley, a quarter of Shiraz from Seppeltsfield and Gomersal, the balance of old vines Mourverdre from Moppa and Light Pass. All components are separately handled, most are sent for a warm vinification in a mix of traditional fermenters at temperatures peaking to 30°C. Grenache and Mourvedre are macerated on skins for ten or two or three weeks before being pressed straight into a selection of seasoned French oak hogsheads and puncheons. The finished wine is treated to sixteen months maturation on gross solids, without any racking or clarification until the final assemblage. Alcohol 14.5%
Deep crimson colour. Raspberry perfumes, alluring and complex spice notes, chocolates and plum over supple background oak. The palate displays a concentration of red fruit flavours, complimented by sweetly fragrant spice. Soft, velvety tannins persist in support of the palate, finishing on a length of savouryness, licorice oak and bramble notes.