Moderately dense in colour retaining brightness. The nose provides both an attractively accessible array of sweet, black cherry and plums and a more complex, almost brooding aroma of fresh game and dried Mediterranean herbs. Velvet textures dominate the palate showing complexity and richness; a touch of smoky bacon and a long finish.
Kelvedon Estate was settled by the Cotton Family in 1829. Jack Cotton is 5th Generation. Kelvedon was traditionally a fine wool sheep and Cattle property with some cropping; in 1998 the family diversified into Viticulture. Initially 1ha of Pinot clones were planted; these vines form the foundation of the very successful Kelvedon Estate Label. Currently 7ha are under production plus 2ha of recently planted Chardonnay vines for Sparkling. The vineyard breakdown is - 4.5ha of Chardonnay / 3.5ha of Pinot / 1ha of Sauvignon Blanc. The bulk of the Chardonnay and Pinot is sold to Bay of Fires; the Chardonnay fruit going into Arras and the Eileen Hardy Chardonnay. For the Cotton Family the venture into Viticulture has been a highly successful and rewarding diversification and blends well with the other enterprises traditionally carried out on the property.