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Date Printed: 10/25/2016
Hewitson Ned and Henry's Shiraz 2003
Hewitson Ned and Henry's Shiraz 2003
(search item no. 78380)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2016: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2014 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2014 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2013 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2013 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2013 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2011 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Dark ruby. Inky, brooding aromas of cherry, plum and dark chocolate. Dense and compact, with deeply concentrated kirsch and dark plum flavors accented by a strong note of allspice. Chewy, rich and concentrated through the moderately tannic finish. This fruit was reportedly cropped at just under 1.5 tons per acre."

A very good friend of mine challenged me to produce a full-bodied Barossa Valley Shiraz with the only criteria that it could be drunk young at lunch or dinner and did not stray from my fundamental wine making philosophies i.e. French oak, fine-grained tannins, balance, clear fruit expression etc! Those who know me well know that I just love a good challenge!

The colour of 2003 Ned & Henry's Shiraz is deep red with a purple hue. The aroma is distinctively Barossa Valley Shiraz: black and red, ripe fruits with a solid, concentrated core. Matured in only French oak, the fruit is interwoven with pepper, nutmeg and clove. The seamless class of perfectly ripe Shiraz and French oak is a stand-out here.

The palate structure of Ned & Henry's delivers in every aspect of the brief. The fruit flavours of Shiraz are full and concentrated yet soft and supple. The tannins are gentle yet persistent and completely mould into the wine. Ned & Henry's Shiraz is most definitely full-bodied: chocolate, blackberry and dark-earth characters. Yet the wine has great balance and poise and carries that signature called 'drinkability'.

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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.