2009 Hewitson "Old Garden" Mourvedre Barossa Valley South Australia
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.
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+.
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.