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Hewitson Mother Vine Shiraz 2012

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750ML / 14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

This vineyard uniquely expresses its DNA and flavor profile and is different to any other Shiraz in the Barossa Valley or indeed the world. From one mother vine Shiraz mixed in the Old Garden when that was planted in 1853, rather than harvest the fruit, we harvested the buds and grafted these on to existing 25 year-old and fully mature roots. We did this in 2008. These buds grew into identical clones of the ancient Shiraz. So now we have a single vineyard, 0.8 Hectares in size, all from this one mother vine. This Mother Vine Vineyard is planted alongside the winery in the appellation of Dorrien in Barossa Valley.

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JS 93
James Suckling
A very pure nose here. This has striking blue and purple fruits as well as a tarry edge, some earthy notes and a mix of meat and spices. The palate is compressed, sleek and built on energetic, ripe fruit with powerful tannins. The finish is crisp. I'd give it time to settle and fill out. Drink in 2020.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Polished and plush, with an earthy note weaving through the bright cherry and floral flavors, picking up a plum note as the finish lingers harmoniously. Drink now through 2020.
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Established in 1998 Hewitson winery is situated in the heart of the Barossa Valley on the historic Seppeltsfield Road and boasts some of the oldest vines in the world. The fruit is sourced from historic, dry-grown vineyards in the Barossa Valley and also from single site vineyards in Eden Valley, McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills.

Hewitson believes great wines are an expression of the soils they are grown in and the season they grow. Through knowledge and experience, the winery strives for balance, structure, concentration, power and breeding. Proudly, through solar energy, water recycling and encouraging natural biodiversity, Hewitson brings these wines to your table environmentally sustainable.

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. 

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.

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Historically and presently the most important wine-producing region of Australia, the Barossa Valley is set in the Barossa zone of South Australia, where more than half of the country’s wine is made. Because the climate is very hot and dry, vineyard managers work diligently to ensure grapes reach the perfect levels of phenolic ripeness.

The intense heat is ideal for plush, bold reds, particularly Shiraz on its own or Rhône Blends. Often Shiraz and Cabernet partner up for plump and powerful reds.

While much less prevalent, light-skinned varieties such as Riesling, Viognier or Semillon produce vibrant Barossa Valley whites.

Most of Australia’s largest wine producers are based here and Shiraz plantings date back as far as the 1850s or before. Many of them are dry farmed and bush trained, still offering less than one ton per acre of inky, intense, purple juice.

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Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah makes an intense, powerful and often age-worthy red. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah achieves its maximum potential in the steep village of Hermitage and plays an important component in the Red Rhône Blends of the south, adding color and structure to Grenache and Mourvèdre. Syrah is the most widely planted grape of Australia and is important in California and Washington. Sommelier Secret—Such a synergy these three create together, the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre trio often takes on the shorthand term, “GSM.”

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