The 2011 Baby Bush is a wonderful 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 mouth feel, backed by very soft and fully ripe tannins. The structure, balance and youthful poise of 2011 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 mourvedrevines date 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 sigh of the youth of the vines is a steeliness in the tannins, if you c an stand to quibble with such a delicious, bright and spicy red. "
Wine & Spirits
"A very savoury, spicy wine reflecting the vintage, but not anaemic or green; the tannin structure is especially appealing."
Australian Wine Companion