2010 Hewitson "Miss Harry" Rhône Blend Barossa Valley South Australia

SKU #1108986 94 points James Halliday

 Predominantly grenache and shiraz, with small amounts of mourvedre, carignan and cinsaut, sourced from 25 separate vineyard plots, five over 100 years old, half of the remainder over 50 years old. Medium-bodied, there is wonderful tension between the array of predominantly black fruits and the savoury tannins on the finish. The only question is why it is so underpriced.  (2/2012)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 Dean Hewitson taps centenarian vines for this blend of grenache, syrah, mourvedre, carignane and cinsault. Its bright ripeness delivers sweet fruit across a broad, sunny palate, then turns savory in the end, buzzing with a gentle energy. The supple flavors of cassis and blueberries merge with rich oak tannins, deftly integrated and satisfying.  (10/2012)

91 points James Suckling

 Some berry and chocolate character on the nose and palate. Medium to full body, with firm tannins and a fresh finish. Subtle and very drinkable. Better in 2013.  (8/2012)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby. Aromas of blackberry, candied cherry and Asian spices, with suave floral and anise nuances adding complexity. Juicy and broad on the palate, offering intense dark berry flavors lifted by zesty acidity. Becomes spicier with air and finishes with excellent clarity and persistence, leaving fruitcake and cherry-cola notes behind.  (7/2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Blended of Grenache (44%), Shiraz (39%), Mourvedre (9%), Carignan (4%) and Cinsault (4%), the 2010 Miss Harry has a medium-deep garnet-purple color and notes of warm plums, mulberries and blackberry preserves over allspice, tar and vanilla. Medium to full bodied, it has a plenty of ripe, expressive warm berry flavors with crisp acid and a long spicy finish. Drink it now through 2017.  (2/2012)

Wine Spectator

 Lithe and appealing for the lively blackberry and spice flavors, finishing with open texture and pretty fruit. Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvèdre, Carignan and Cinsault. Drink now through 2015. (Web-2012)

K&L Notes

93 points Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual: "Sweet, heady scents of red cherries, raspberries, rose garden, cloves and cinnamon precede a silky, luscious palate of genuine elegance and refinement. Bright, spicy flavours of juicy dark berries and plums wrapped in dusty, fine-grained tannins finish savoury, with lingering notes of licorice and sour cherries. Fresh, balanced and likely to develop charming complexity." From the winery's notes: "The colour of 2010 Miss Harry is bright red with a deep purple hue. The aroma is of black berry and red and black forest berries, pepper, spice, garrigue, dried lavender and herbs with layers of creamy complexity offered by the extended barrel maturation on lees. The palate is wonderfully full, showing ripe black berries, strawberries and plums, and has a concentrated core of fruit essence with a racy acidity that gives the wine incredible vivacity. The finish is long, continuous and fresh."

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Staff Image By: Mike Barber | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/15/2013 | Send Email
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Hewitson is a great grower/producer who does not make his wines with the heavy handed approach popular in Australia. His are balanced and finessed wines that show what Barossa is really capable of. The Miss Harry blend is a rhone-inspired wine, unmistakably Australian in its fruit flavors, but with a bright and balanced finish and wonderful spices. Its easily one of the best deals we have for good Australia wines.
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2018

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Rhone Blends



- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.

South Australia

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Barossa Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 14