Shiraz Heathcote Victoria
John and Patricia Kennedy make a very special wine. Work in the vineyard is focused on unravelling intricacies within their site, identifying those areas which produce the best fruit. There is a perceptible learning curve from year to year, as the Kennedys continue to extract a finer quality of fruit with each vintage. The property was carefully chosen and the viticulture is tailored to growing grapes that are flavoursome, structured and balanced, to be crafted into wine by the eminent Sandro Mosele.
The Kennedy Vineyard is located on prime land along the east facing slope of the Mount Camel Range on Heathcote's famed Cambrian soil. Pruning has been carefully undertaken to produce vines which are balanced to evenly ripen the crop load. Separate parcels of fruit are hand picked over the course of several days, de-stemmed and vinified in small open fermenters, employing indigenous yeasts and gentle plunging. After pressing to barrel, the wine was allowed to undergo a natural malolactic fermentation in spring. Only the best barrels are selected for the Kennedy estate label, assembled and matured for a year in a combination of new and prior use French oak barriques.
Deep purple red. Fragrant cherry and summer berries, brown spices and subtle oak notes. Mixed spices, nutmeg, pepper and black currants are soon filling the glass. Sweet blood plum and currants are immediately revealed on the front palate followed by a nice touch of spice. The ripe flavours are supported by fine supple tannins and just the right amount of acidity along the entire length of palate through to the finish.