The 2010 Baby Bush is near perfection of expression of this variety. The aromas display classic Mourvedre richness, ripeness and rusticity. The dark, brambly, blueberry aromas are matched with the sage, earth and undergrowth. These aromas carry right through the palate which delivers a rich, velvety mouthfeel, backed by very soft and fully ripe tannins. The structure, balance and youthful poise of 2010 Baby Bush Mourvedre ensures the wine is extremely enjoyable now. It will also reward with time in the cellar.
"Dean Hewitson contracts the fruit from the Old Garden Vineyard in Rowland Flat, where the mourvedre vines date back to 1853. The Koch family, who tends these ancient vines, selected cuttings from them in 1996 to plant, head prune and dry farm in the same configuration as Old Garden. The result, in the cool 2011 vintage, is completely intoxicating. An honest take on mourvedre's tension between funk and brilliance, one side of this wine is blood and iron, the other side is a fresh cranberry crush of flavor. The only sign of the youth of the vines is a steeliness in the tannins, if you can stand to quibble with such a delicious, bright and spicy red."
Wine & Spirits
"Made from 100% Mourvedre coming from younger vines that were cloned from the 1853 Old Garden block, the 2010 Baby Bush Mourvedre has a medium-deep garnet-purple color and aromas of damp loam and black truffles over warm plums, blackberry tart and black olives. Medium to full bodied with some chewy tannins, it has a pleasant earthy / meaty character complimenting the black fruits with refreshing acidity and a long finish."
The Wine Advocate