2011 Hewitson "Baby Bush" Mourvèdre Barossa Valley South Australia
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.
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.
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!