An opportunity to taste a couple of wines from the organic Waiheke vineyard Kennedy Point came around this week – one red and one white, both sealed under cork, both from the excellent 2019 vintage.
Kennedy Point Reserve Chardonnay 2019
A light straw yellow, with green edges, and plush aromas of roast cashew, orange blossom, grapefruit and salted caramel. Medium weight with grilled pineapple, nashi pear, lemon zest and peach on the palate. Tight and tensely concentrated. Bold, bright acidity and an interesting seaspray salinity, with a background of oyster shell and graphite. Quite a bit going on here, and still quite young and taut – can see this opening up nicely in a couple of years, with a few layers still to unfold. 92pts
Kennedy Point Reserve Cabernet Franc 2019
A bruising dark purple in the glass, with an equally brooding nose of deep bramble bushes, black tea, cranberry jelly and dried lavender and provence herbs. Bone dry and medium bodied, with espresso, black olive, roast beetroot, balsam and plush cherry flavours. A light oak note of cedar and hazelnut and some fairly grippy tannins. Softer at the back with a velvety finish and a little leather and peppery spice. 91pts