2010 Hewitson "Baby Bush" Mourvedre Barossa Valley South Australia
The vineyard was established with cuttings from the 1853 mourvedre planting (the oldest in the world); light, bright crimson, the medium-bodied palate has attractive red berry, spicy fruit, with none of the fearsome tannins the variety can produce.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Made from 100% Mourvedre coming from younger vines that were cloned from the 1853 Old Garden block, the 2010 Baby Bush Mourvedre has a medium-deep garnet-purple color and aromas of damp loam and black truffles over warm plums, blackberry tart and black olives. Medium to full bodied with some chewy tannins, it has a pleasant earthy / meaty character complimenting the black fruits with refreshing acidity and a long finish. Drink this one now to 2019
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Ruby-red. Pungent aromas of dark cherry, cassis and minerals, plus a bright floral quality. Thick and powerful if a bit youthfully tight, offering chewy flavors of cassis, bitter chocolate and licorice. Finishes with firm tannins and good focus and grip. 89(+?) points
Dark and spicy, with a meaty edge to the gravelly berry and tomato leaf flavors. Firm finish. Best after 2013. (Web Only- 2012)
From the winery: "The aromas display classic Mourvèdre richness, ripeness and rusticity. The dark, brambly, blueberry aromas are matched with the sage, earth and undergrowth. These aromas carry right through the palate which delivers a rich, velvety mouth feel, backed by very soft and fully ripe tannins. The structure, balance and youthful poise of 2010 Baby Bush Mourvèdre ensures the wine is extremely enjoyable now. It will also reward with time in the cellar." 92 points Jeremy Oliver Australian Wine Annual:"Easy-drinking, vibrant and juicy, this typically fragrant and fine-grained mourvedre has a floral and light spicy bouquet of fresh red, black and blue berries and plums backed by reserved, older oak. It's smooth and juicy, brightly lit with intense berry/plum fruit underpinned by a dusty backbone. Surprisingly light-footed and vivacious, it finishes with a hint of sour cherry and rhubarb."