2011 Hewitson "Baby Bush" Mourvèdre Barossa Valley South Australia

SKU #1139591 93 points Wine & Spirits

 ** Best Buy ** Dean Hewitson contracts the fruit from the Old Garden Vineyard in Rowland Flat, where the Mourvedre vines date to 1853. The Koch family, who tends these ancient vines, selected cuttings from them in 1996 to plant, head prune and dry farm in the same configuration as Old Garden. The result, in the cool 2011 vintage, is completely intoxicating. An honest take on Mourvedre's tension between frunk and brilliance, aone side of this wine is blood and iron, the other side is a fresh cranberry crush of flavor. The only sign of the youth of the wine is a steeliness in the tannins, if you can stand to quibble with such a delicious, bright and spicy red.  (2/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Medium to deep garnet colored with a hint of purple, the 2011 Baby Bush Mourvedre is scented of ripe blackberries and plums with underlying suggestions of loam, tar, black pepper and chargrilled meat. Medium-bodied, it gives a good amount of muscular fruit framed by crisp acid and a medium level of chewy, slightly astringent tannins, finishing long with a faint herbal lift. Drinking well now, it should keep to 2016.  (12/2012)

K&L Notes

Picked from vines that were propagated from Dean's original Old Garden vineyard of Mourvedre planted in 1853. A beautiful expression of this illusive grape varietal. A must try for Mourvedre lovers!

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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.

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Barossa Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 14