Hewitson Old Garden Mouvedre 2010
SKU WW 60649
Established in 1998 Hewitson winery is situated in the heart of the Barossa Valley, Australia, on the historic Seppeltsfield Road and boasts some of the oldest vines in the world. The grapes for this wine are sourced from Hewitson’s Old Garden, an ancient vineyard of Mourvèdre planted in 1853 by Friedrich Koch. Old Garden has seen the entire history of Australia’s wine industry evolve around it. Having survived floods, fires, famines and the worldwide spread of Phylloxera in the late 1800s, this is the oldest-known surviving planting of Mourvèdre.
“With a medium density of garnet color, the 2010 Mourvedre Old Garden is evolving into a meat and earth-laced bake berry and preserved plum character with nuances of new leather and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, it delivers plenty of earthy/savory flavor with a firm backbone of chewy tannins and a good, long finish.” – 92 Points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
|Region||Australia, South Australia, Barossa Valley|
Wine SpectatorThis earthy style emphasizes green olive and gamy notes in the mix, with blackberry and smoke character, persisting on the well-modulated finish. Drink now through 2018. 650 cases made.
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