KenRidge Founder’s Series

EXCEPTIONAL. DISTINCTIVE. PRESTIGIOUS APPELLATION SPECIFIC WINES TO TREASURE AND ENJOY.

KenRidge™ Founder’s Series is the evolution of over three decades of winemaking expertise and features wines of extraordinary elegance and sophistication. Each kit will create an exceptional wine showcasing unique characteristics produced by the specific terroir and climatic conditions of vineyards within its Appellation of Origin.Every Ken Ridge™ Founder’s Series 18L ultra-premium wine kit contains varietal grape juices and premium grape juice concentrates of unsurpassing quality, from its distinctive Appellation of Origin. The origin of these ultra-premium wines may change from year to year, in order to ensure the best quality product available. Each wine’s Region of Origin is denoted on the product packaging. Ken Ridge™ Founder’s Series’ world renowned varietals and superior blends will stimulate the palates of the most discerning wine enthusiasts. Professionally designed self-adhesive labels are included.

Ken Ridge™, a tribute to excellence, Founders of fine distinction.

6-WEEK, 18L. KIT

 


White Wine

 

Australia, Traminer Riesling – Appellation: Riverland Region, Australia

The Region:
The Riverland Region of Australia presents gentle rolling hillsides, expansive plains and vineyards as far as the eye can see. This inland region in South Australia experiences warm to hot days and plenty of sunshine, although the cooler sites are planted with Gewurztraminer and Riesling varietals. This is one of the most productive areas in Australia and many of the big name wineries source their grapes from this location.

The Wine:
The cooler sites assist in retaining the vibrant fruit and balancing acidity of this popular blend of Traminer (a.k.a. Gewurztraminer) and Riesling. The Traminer provides spice, tropical fruit, rose petal and lychee nut aromas and flavours along with a soft, slightly rich mouth-feel. The Riesling balances the wine with refreshing acidity along with floral, peach and citrus aromas and flavours. Enjoy while young and fresh.

The Food:
The refreshing light to medium bodied Traminer Riesling is perfect alongside poached or pan-fried fresh water fish, lightly spiced chicken or shrimp skewers, summer salads with delicate dressings, Asian vegetable rolls with dipping sauces, fish and chips, light cream sauce on pasta and seafood, and baked ham with sweet potatoes.

Sweetness Code: 1

New Zealand, Marlborough, Sauvignon Blanc – Appellation: Marlborough, New Zealand

The Region:New Zealand’s premier wine region, Marlborough, is located on the north-east corner of the country’s South Island. The region has become famous internationally for its distinctive, herbaceous Sauvignon Blancs. Marlborough is also known for its beautiful sounds – sunken valleys which create a network of tranquil waterways amidst the vineyards and native forests. The vineyards that produced this Sauvignon Blanc are located in the Wairau Valley. This area boasts New Zealand’s sunniest and driest climate with summer and autumn consisting of warm days and cool, clear nights. This helps to retain the naturally high levels of acidity found in the Sauvignon Blanc grape and develops the classic New Zealand style.

The Wine: Sauvignon Blanc is a very popular varietal today and NewZealand produces intense, racy, flavourful wines from this grape. Our KenRidge™ Founder’s Series Sauvignon Blanc is straw-coloured with fresh, appealing aromas of cut grass, gooseberry, passion fruit, melon, citrus and green pepper. These aromas carry over to create clean, ripe, juicy, tart flavours on the palate with a gracefully long lemon lime finish. To appreciate this Sauvignon Blanc’s crisp acidity and refreshing style, please enjoy young.

The Food: A fabulous wine to serve with goat cheese; asparagus; summer salads; cream based pastas with green vegetables; fi sh and chicken with fresh herbs and lemon.

Bottle Aging: It is recommended that you cellar your KenRidge™ Founder’s Series New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc a minimum of 1 month before enjoying.

Sweetness Code: 0 (completely dry)

Alcohol by Volume: 13%

Body: Light to medium

Oak: Premium cubed toasted oak

Germany, Mosel River Valley, Riesling – Appellation: Mosel-Saar-Rewer, Germany

The Region:
Many wine enthusiasts would argue that Germany’s Mosel region produces the world’s finest Rieslings and is home to some of the country’s most famous vineyards. The Mosel River and its two tributaries, Saar and Ruwer meander through the region. Along the winding route of the Mosel, the river banks rise so sharply that the vineyards along these slopes are among the steepest in the world. Some terraced vineyards are planted at an astounding 70-degree gradient. On these steep inclines, nearly all labor must be done by hand the angle gives the vines good exposure to the sun. The Mosel Region provides optimal warmth and precipitation in the steep sites and valleys. The region’s slate infused soils perform dual functions of reflecting the warmth of the day back onto the vines as the sun sets as well as imparting the wines with the characteristic mineral tang for which German Rieslings are famous.

The Wine:
KenRidge Founder’s Series Mosel River Valley Riesling impeccably reflects the individuality of its terroir. This classic Riesling features a beautifully expressive bouquet suggesting green apples, stone fruit and honeysuckle with delicate floral notes and a clever touch of mineraliness to give it a distinctly German identity. Balanced on the palate, flavours of citrus, apricot and honey will engage your senses.

The Food:
This Riesling’s lively acidity makes a wonderfully versatile food wine. Serve as an aperitif with salty appetizers or paired with your main course of seasoned grilled chicken, fresh summer salads, Asian stir fry or ginger glazed pork roast.

Sweetness Code: 2 (off-dry)

Alcohol by Volume: 11% – 11.5%

Bottle Aging:
Your KenRidge Founder’s Series German Riesling will benefit from a minimum of 3 months cellaring. Aging for a least a year will result in superbly developed flavours.

British Columbia, Okanagan Valley Chardonnay – Unoaked

Red Wine

Italy, Tuscany, Brunello – Made with HARVEST CRUSH™ GRAPE SKIN PACK!

Appellation: Tuscany, Italy

The Region:
In Italy, family, food and wine go hand in hand. Steeped in tradition, winemaking and grape growing are an intricate part of everyday life. The landscape in Tuscany features rolling hills, majestic olive groves and enless vistas of vineyards. The climate generally consisits of cold, wet winters and hot, dry summers. There is a significant temperature variation between day and night which helps to develop the aromatic qualities of the Sangiovese grape, nicknamed the soul of the Tuscan countryside

The Wine:
Brunello di Montalcino was Italy’s first wine to be accorded their prestigious D.O.C.G. status. In Brunello, Sangiovese grapes are transformed into a wine of robust character that is renowned throughout the world. Traditionally aged for many years in oak barrels, this bold red wine possesses a rich garnet colour and a wealth of complex flavours. Expect licorice, coffee, cedar and blackberry aromas that carry through to the palate. With extended cellaring you will have a rich, full-bodied wine with spicy complex flavours, round tannins and a very elegant, lingering finish.

The Food:
This Brunello’s regal qualities are best matched with hearty stews, flavourful roasts and dishes featuring rich cheeses such as Parmiagiano Reggiano.

Sweetness Code: 0 (completely dry)

Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%

Oak: European

Bottle Aging:
It is recommended that you cellar this wine for a minimum of 3 months. Aging at least a year will result in superbly developed flavours.

Italy, Veneto, Amarone – Made With Harvest Crush Grape Pack!

Appellation: Region of Veneto, Italy

The Region:
Veneto is an important wine growing region in Northeast Italy with a long history of grape growing. Today, Veneto is one of Italy’s largest wine growing regions, partly due to the success of Pinot Grigio. Some other notable wines include Valpolicella, Soave, Prosecco, Bardolino and the famous Amarone. The picturesque hillside vineyards offer many of the best locations for grape growing, along with vast fertile plains which are producing some very interesting wines.

The Wine:
Amarone is exclusively produced from the Corvina (often the highest percentage), Molinara and Rondinella grape varieties. The wine is traditionally made from premium grapes which have been dried or raisined in cool, dry, well ventilated ‘drying rooms’ or ‘drying lodges.’ The grapes partially shrivel and dehydrate, thus increasing the sugar in the juice and concentrating the flavour components. Although the wine is fermented to a complete dryness and usually aged in oak, the richness gives a slightly sweet impression on the palate. Amarone is among the fullest bodied of Italy’s red wines, with plenty of ripe black fruit flavours.

The Food:
The full rich styling suggests serving with hard well-aged cheeses (cheddar, parmesan and blue cheeses) with fresh breads, rich winter stews, braised meats, Mexican Mole, leg of lamb, dark chocolate, polenta dishes, spicy sausages, and rich lasagna dishes.

Sweetness Code: 0
Alcohol: 13.5%

Australia, Riverland Region, Cabernet-Shiraz – Made with HARVEST CRUSH™ GRAPE SKIN PACK!

Appellation: Riverland Region, Australia

The Region:
The Riverland Region of Australia presents gentle rolling hillsides, expansive plains and vineyards as far as the eye can see. This inland region in South Australia experiences hot days and plenty of sunshine, which develop full ripeness and complexity in the Shiraz grapes. This is one of the most productive areas in Australia and many of the big name wineries source their grapes from this location.

The Wine:
The blending of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon became popular among Australian winemakers in the 1960’s. KenRidge™ Founder’s Series Shiraz/Cabernet combines the strengths of each varietal. The intensity and structure of Cabernet Sauvignon and the famous spicy fruit flavours of Shiraz come together to create a rich full-bodied wine that is warm and generous with soft, rounded flavours with a medium tannin finish.

The Food:
This superb red wine is ideally suited to wild game, roasted lamb, marinated beef tenderloin and full flavoured pastas.

Sweetness Code: 0 (completely dry)

Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%

Oak: French

Bottle Aging:
It is recommended that you cellar this wine for a minimum of 3 months. Aging at least a year will result in superbly developed flavours.

Italy, Tuscany, Supertuscan – Made with HARVEST CRUSH™ GRAPE SKIN PACK!

Appellation: Tuscany, Italy

The Region:
In Italy, family, food and wine go hand in hand. Steeped in tradition, winemaking and grape growing are an intricate part of everyday life. The landscape in Tuscany features rolling hills, majestic olive groves and enless vistas of vineyards. The climate generally consisits of cold, wet winters and hot, dry summers. There is a significant temperature variation between day and night which helps to develop the aromatic qualities of the Sangiovese grape, nicknamed the soul of the Tuscan countryside

The Wine:
The name SuperTuscan is used to describe a class of high quality wines not produced in accordance with Italian appellation laws. These premium Vino da Tavola wines made in the central Italian region of Tuscany are often a blend of Sangiovese and non-traditional Tuscan grape varieties. Our KenRidge™ Founder’s Series SuperTuscan wine is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It is a full-bodied, muscular, red wine with aromas and flavours of rich black fruits, spice, vanilla, plum, leather and raisin. Velvety tannins and great structure suggest short term cellaring.

The Food:
Enjoy this bold red wine with Osso Buco, stews, braised meats, Parmigiano Reggianno cheese, spicy pastas, meat-lovers spicy pizza, barbecued ribs and rich Tuscan dishes.

Sweetness Code: 0 (completely dry)

Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%

Bottle Aging:
It is recommended that you cellar this wine for a minimum of 3 months. Aging at least a year will result in superbly developed flavours.

France, Languedoc, Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre – Made with HARVEST CRUSH™ GRAPE SKIN PACK!

Appellation: Languedoc, France

The Region:
With its astonishing transformation in quality over the last decade, Languedoc-Roussillon has become France’s most dynamic and exciting wine region. Languedoc-Rousillon covers the area on the border of the Mediterranean Sea between the west of the Rhone and Camargue to the border of Spain and Pyrenees mountains. The vineyards of this sunny region are one of the border of Spain and the Pyrenees mountains. The vineyards of this sunny region are one of the largest expanses of vine growing in the world and is perfect for many of the varietals traditionally used in Southern Rhone red wines including Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre.

The Wine:
The winemaker’s of France have known for centuries that blended wines combine the strengths of each varietal resulting in a superior wine than what each varietal could create on its own. In this superb red, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre come together to create a rich full-bodied wine boasting an intricate collection of flavours. Its full nose has generous cherry, plum and blackberry aromas with toasty vanilla undertones and a dash of white pepper. Initial fruit flavours gain complexity as more spicy, earthy and savoury elements show themselves in the warm and generous finish. A delicious Rhone-style red wine fine yet firm tannins.

The Food:
Pair this excellent red wine with barbequed pork shoulder, braised lamb, marinated beef tenderloin and full flavoured pastas.

Sweetness Code: 0 (completely dry)

Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%

Oak: European

Bottle Aging:
It is recommended that you cellar this wine for a minimum of 3 months. Aging at least a year will result in superbly developed flavours.

California, North Coast, Cabernet-Merlot – Made with HARVEST CRUSH™ GRAPE SKIN PACK!

Appellation: North Coast, California, USA

The Region:
Live the good life in California, with breath-taking views, winding trails to explore and lush vineyards around every bend in the road. Napa Valley and Sonoma County make up a world class Cabernet and Merlot region with a long history of producing classic expressions of some of the most sought-after grape varieties. The diverse landscape provides a warmer and drier climate to the north, and a cooler and foggier climate to the south.

The Wine:
Direct from the famed North Coast of California comes this New World blend of Merlot from Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County. Each varietal introduces the perfect complement to the assemblage. Cabernet Sauvignon brings structure and depth of flavour with rich black fruit and violet notes and Merlot is the silky, soft, seductive partner that mellows out the mouth-feel with flavours of plum and red berry.

The Food:
Fabulous in its youth with rare to medium rare grilled red meats, such as beef tenderloin, rib eyes, T-Bone and New York strips, or aged Canadian Cheddar. After two years of aging enjoy with beef stews, braised meats, lentil dishes and casual sipping on cold winter evenings.

Sweetness Code: 0 (completely dry)

Alcohol by Volume: 13.8%

Oak: American

Bottle Aging:
It is recommended that you cellar this wine for a minimum of 3 months. Aging at least a year will result in superbly developed flavours.

Australia, Riverland Region, Shiraz – Made with HARVEST CRUSH™ GRAPE SKIN PACK!

Appellation: Riverland Region, Australia

The Region:
The Riverland Region of Australia presents gentle rolling hillsides, expansive plains and vineyards as far as the eye can see. This inland region in South Australia experiences hot days and plenty of sunshine, which develop full ripeness and complexity in the Shiraz grapes. This is one of the most productive areas in Australia and many of the big name wineries source their grapes from this location.

The Wine:
Big, bold and beautiful. This rich, medium to full-bodied wine has won the hearts and palates of many wine drinkers across the world. Expect rich fruit aromas and flavours of blackberry, black cherry and plum, plus notes of cocoa, spice, black pepper. The addition of oak aging will develop more depth and complexity; look for flavours of cedar, smoke and leather. A very approachable wine in its youth, yet still has the weight and fruit concentration to age for two to four years.

The Food:
The rich fruit, soft tannins and full-bodied styling suggests serving with saucy barbecued ribs, beef stews, braised short ribs, peppercorn steaks, beef kebobs with four peppercorn dipping sauce, grilled steaks with your favourite barbecue sauce, rich lentil dishes and pulled pork sandwiches.

Sweetness Code: 0 (completely dry)

Alcohol by Volume: 13.8%

Oak: American

Bottle Aging:
It is recommended that you cellar this wine for a minimum of 3 months. Aging at least a year will result in superbly developed flavours.

Chile, Maipo Valley, Carménère – Made with HARVEST CRUSH™ GRAPE SKIN PACK!

Appellation: Maipo Valley, Chile

The Region:
Between the towering mountains and the powerful Pacific Ocean lie, quietly growing in the foothills and valleys, the great vineyards of Chile. The Maipo Valley, the most famous wine region in Chile, is located just south of the capital city of Santiago. The Mediterranean climate provides warm summer days, moderated by cool Pacific breezes. The regions low humidity, clear skies and intense sunlight allow for consistent quality year after year. The glacial streams and rivers running down the slopes of the Andes Mountains assist in cooling the surrounding area and provide water for irrigation.

The Wine:
Carménère, once thought to be Merlot, until growers started noticing different growing and ripening stages in some of the vineyards, was discovered through DNA fingerprinting in 1994. Carménère, one of the grapes of Bordeaux, France was difficult to bring into full ripeness in France’s cooler climate and has since been removed; however, in Chile’s warmer climate it is thriving. Expect the charm of Merlot and the structure of Cabernet Sauvignon. Flavours of blackberry, cocoa, tobacco, currant, plum and cherry will dominate the palate. Carménère is quickly becoming the signature grape of Chile.

The Food:
The rich fruit, soft tannins and full-bodied styling suggests serving with saucy barbecued ribs, beef stews, braised short ribs, peppercorn steaks, beef kebobs with four peppercorn dipping sauce, grilled steaks with your favourite barbecue sauce, rich lentil dishes and pulled pork sandwiches.

Sweetness Code: 0 (completely dry)

Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%

Oak: American

Bottle Aging:
It is recommended that you cellar this wine for a minimum of 3 months. Aging at least a year will result in superbly developed flavours.

Chile, Maipo Valley, Merlot – Made with HARVEST CRUSH™ GRAPE SKIN PACK!

Appellation: Maipo Valley, Chile

The Region:
Between the towering mountains and the powerful Pacific Ocean lie, quietly growing in the foothills and valleys, the great vineyards of Chile. The Maipo Valley, the most famous wine region in Chile, is located just south of the capital city of Santiago. The Mediterranean climate provides warm summer days, moderated by cool Pacific breezes. The regions low humidity, clear skies and intense sunlight allow for consistent quality year after year. The glacial streams and rivers running down the slopes of the Andes Mountains assist in cooling the surrounding area and provide water for irrigation.

The Wine:
Soft, subtle, silky, seductive and smooth are some of the best words to describe everything a Merlot fan is searching for. Expect lush fruit flavours of plum, cherry and strawberry. The subtle exposure to oak will develop the next layer, including flavours of smoke, spice and oak.

The Food:
Merlot makes for a great sipping wine, however when food is on your mind, think of duck breast with cherry sauce, lightly seasoned barbecued chicken legs and thighs, grilled steak and mushrooms, pepperoni and mushroom pizza, cold prime rib sandwiches, meat pies, hamburgers, pot roast, lamb shank, veal marsala and beef on a bun with dipping gravy.

Sweetness Code: 0 (completely dry)

Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%

Oak: French

Bottle Aging:
It is recommended that you cellar this wine for a minimum of 3 months. Aging at least a year will result in superbly developed flavours.