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Date Printed: 8/31/2015
Hewitson The Mad Hatter Shiraz 2005
Hewitson The Mad Hatter Shiraz 2005
(search item no. 96217)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/31/2015: $46.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The 2005 Shiraz The Mad Hatter is opaque purple in color with glass-coating glycerin. It offers aromas of cedar, smoke, scorched earth, tar, espresso, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. This is followed by a full-bodied wine with gobs of fruit, a plush texture, layers of flavor, ripe tannins, and a lengthy finish. Give it 5-7 years in the bottle and drink it through 2030."
The Wine Advocate, Jay Miller
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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.