Reviews & Articles
Baby Bush Mourvèdre 2010
"Great value here"
Nick Stock, The Good Wine Guide 2013
There's lovely depth and mellow appeal in this young-vine mourvedre, which shows black cherry, savoury sanguine earthy notes and a little peppery chocolate too. The palate delivers liquorice and plum flavour, deep yet elegant; fine tannins really perform evenly. Great value here.
"fragrant and fine-grained"
Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual on Jan-2013
Easy-drinking, vibrant and juicy, this typically fragrant and fine-grained mourvedre has a floral and light spicy bouquet of fresh red, black and blue berries and plums backed by reserved, older oak. It's smooth and juicy, brightly lit with intense berry/plum fruit underpinned by a dusty backbone. Surprisingly light-footed and vivacious, it finishes with a hint of sour cherry and rhubarb.
"It’s rich and rustic, soft and smooth"
Winsor Dobbin on Sep-2012
"DEAN Hewitson makes some outstanding wines from some of the oldest surviving vineyards in the world. This quintessentially Barossan wine, made from vine clippings from 1853 plantings, is drinking beautifully in its youth with its brambly-earthy characters and hints of spice. While it will doubtlessly cellar well, it has immediate drinking appeal with bright berry fruit merging seamlessly with undergrowth notes. It's rich and rustic, soft and smooth and extremely food friendly."
"...none of the fearsome tannins the variety can produce."
James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion 2013 on 25-Jul-2012
Rating: 93 points
The vineyard was established with cuttings from the 1853 mourvedre planting (the oldest in the world); light, bright crimson, the medium-bodied palate has attractive red berry, spicy fruit, with none of the fearsome tannins the variety can produce.
"...refreshing acidity and a long finish."
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate on Mar-2012
Rating: 90 Points
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. Drink this one now to 2019.
"Vins de Réveillon"
Nick Hamilton, Voir on 11-Dec-2011
Rating: 89 points
Dégageant un fruité mûr séduisant, ce mourvèdre propose également une note animale typique. Particulièrement charmeur et de bonne intensité, voici un rouge riche qui reflète bien le chaud soleil de la vallée de Barossa. Malgré ce côté charmeur, une matière bien présente lui permettra de tenir tête aux viandes rouges.
"La Primeur En Rouge"
Jean Aubry, Le Devoir Week-end Vins on 24-Nov-2011
Rating: 3 glasses
Une sélection de jeunes pousses issues de ceps plus que centenaires de mourvèdre et voilà un concentré de fruité bien enrobé, lisse, moelleux, corsé et généreux, terminant sur une finale de belle prestance. Un rouge puissant.
"herby, raisin-like aromatics and sweet, dark fruit"
Jeff Collerson, Sydney Daily Telegraph on 10-Sep-2011
In 1997, the Barossa's Dean Hewitson took cuttings from what is believed to be the world's oldest Mourvèdre vineyard, established in 1853, and planted this vineyard. This has herby, raisin-like aromatics and sweet, dark fruit bound with tannins. Drink with moussaka.