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Date Printed: 4/25/2015
Hewitson LOizeau Shiraz 1999
Hewitson LOizeau Shiraz 1999
(search item no. 43171)

PRICE ON 4/25/2015: $28.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

LOizeau Shiraz is sourced from seventy and forty year-old vines in the McLaren Vale.

The colour is deep red with a purple rim. Aromas include red forest berries and plums, with a touch of earth, while careful oak handling has added overtones of nutmeg and cocoa. The flavours are of rich, ripe red fruits, pepper spice and soft fruit tannins. Barrel maturation in a mixture of old and new French oak has enhanced the wines complexity and structure. Prior to bottling, the wine was gently fined with egg whites.

LOizeau is a powerful wine and can be enjoyed now or rewarded with extended cellaring.

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About Hewitson:

Dean Hewitson is driven by passion. His creation of individual, exquisite wines from the ancient vineyards of South Australia is for your indulgence.

Dean Hewitson has been indeed very fortunate to be tutored by some of the best wine makers and wine scientists in the world. Having completed his degree at Roseworthy, he worked at one of Australia's best wineries, visited some of the world's best wineries experiencing fifteen vintages worldwide, and spent two years at UC Davis, California, where he completed his Masters. Through all of this, to be guided through wine evaluations and wine making techniques of the great wines by the masters themselves has certainly been a privilege and a wonderful opportunity for him. He therefore is able to draw on a very wide spectrum of ideas, practices, philosophies and experiments. These are encapsulated in his wines.

Hunting down the right varieties in the right vineyard in the right region was the next step. Each variety has been selected on the basis of being able to produce a wine of world class that, in particular, the old vineyards of South Australia are able to produce. Geographical isolation and in part a fluke of human non-intervention have preserved pre-phylloxera vineyards that are more closely linked to the original clones from Europe than anywhere on earth.