2010 Hewitson "Miss Harry" Red Rhône Blend Barossa Valley South Australia
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.
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.
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.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(made from a blend of grenache, shiraz, mourvedre, carignan and cinsault): 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.
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.
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 Only- 2012)
From the winery: "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." 93 points Jeremy Oliver The Australian Wne 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."