2009 Hewitson "Old Garden" Mourvedre Barossa Valley South Australia

SKU #1129710 96 points James Halliday

 Light, clear, but bright red; the mother/daughter relationship with '10 Baby Bush Mourvedre is immediately obvious; this wine has greater intensity to its red fruits, but the same lithe grace and the remarkably fine, almost silky, tannins. Will live for a long, long time.  (9/2011)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 93+ points. Produced of 100% Mourvedre coming from 1853 vines, believed to be the oldest Mourvedre vines on the planet, the 2009 Old Garden Mourvedre is medium-deep garnet-purple colored giving a whole array of complex aromas: warm mulberries, black raspberries, kirsch, fruit cake, baking spices, game, dusty earth and sandalwood. Medium bodied, it is elegantly fruited in the mouth with silky tannins, very crisp acid and a long finish with plenty of spice, red berry and savory layers. Drinking nicely now, it should cellar to 2022+.  (2/2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (made from vines that were reportedly planted in 1853, with no replantings): Bright ruby-red. Intense, spice-accented aromas of black raspberry, cherry and rose, with smoke and mineral accents gaining strength with air. Juicy and supple in texture, offering deep red fruit liqueur flavors that are lifted and sharpened by tangy acidity. Seamless on the finish, which shows a darker berry quality and hangs on tenaciously. I find this wine surprisingly approachable but would hold on to it for at least another five years as it has the depth to reward patience. I also had the chance to re-visit the outstanding 2005 Mad Hatter Shiraz, which is aging at a snail's pace but offering loads of sweet dark berry and exotic floral pastille character, with supple texture and impressive finishing power.  (7/2012)

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Staff Image By: Mike Barber | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/10/2013 | Send Email
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The oldest mourvedre vineyard in the world meets one of the best winemakers in Australia. This legendary bottle delivers what it promises- rich layers of dark and intense fruit with black pepper, cedar, and an elegant smoked meat finish. This treasure shows what Barossa terroir is really capable of.
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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/23/2013 | Send Email
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These unirrigated Barossa Valley bush vines planted in deep sandy soils over limestone 160 years ago continue to produce illustrious clusters of complex, beautifully-concentrated fruit quite unlike any other expressions of Mourvedre in the world. Well-knit, warmth-inducing flavors of cherry, cloves, orange spice and rich chocolate permeate the palate, ballasted by the smoothest, most pliant tannins I've ever encountered in a Barossa wine. This iconic wine is a tribute to the brilliant folks at Hewitson who admirably nurture the ancient legacy vines that produce this memorable wine. Aptly named, it is truly a garden of earthly delights. Highly recommended.

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- Also called Monastrell and Mataro, Mourvèdre is most famous for the ruby-hued wines of Provence's Bandol region, known for their spicy, gamey, blackberry character, though the grape is grown throughout Provence and the Southern Rhône. Thought to have originated in Spain, it is second only to Grenache in vine acres, with the best examples found in Rioja, Alicante and Penedès.


- 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.

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Barossa Valley