Reviews & Articles
Ned & Henry's 2006
The Gazette, Bill Zacharkiw on Oct-2009
$15 - $25
Hewitson Ned & Henry's
Barossa Shiraz Doesn't Go Overboard
Shiraz2006, Ned & Henry's, Barossa Valley, Hewitson, Australia red, $21.95 dollars, SAQ# 10959776
Elegance, Barossa style, which means it doesn't completely strip your taste buds off with oak tannin and overly sweet fruit. Sure, it's ripe, with a hint of jammy dark plum, but the bouquet is floral, with cedar notes, and there is a long smooth finish. Juicy, dark fruit, licorice and freshly ground black pepper. Mouth-coating, but by no means excessive. Drink now-2014. Food pairing: braised meats, magret of duck with fruit compote.
"High quality Barossa Shiraz"
Edward Ragg, Dragon and Phoenix Wine Blog on Sep-2009
Score 17.5 of 20
Appearance: dark purple-red.
Nose: distinctive black cherry and blueberry fruit with a touch of damson. Lovely oak here.
Palate: vibrant medium acidity, very finely knit medium tannins, lovely fruit, high alcohol (very well-integrated here) and with aeration a touch of minerality. Lovely length too.
Conclusion: of all the Hewitson reds, this is the most approachable at an earlier stage (although this wine is by no means at its peak). High quality Barossa Shiraz in a restrained, elegant style (with a certain proportion actually of Mourvedre - which might account for the damson or even slight prune fruit). Drink now or to 2012, perhaps for longer.
the sunshine falls on this vineyard
Jean Aubry, Le Devoir Week-end Vins on Jun-2009
Ned &Henry's Shiraz 2006, Hewitson, Barossa Valley, Australie
Le soleil tombe sur les terres du vignoble et la syrah exhale de parfums sensuels et suggestifs: imaginez seulement la scene! L'aventure se poursuit sur un propos fondant, ardent, riche, frais et texturé, puis se termine finement, san vulgarité...
Ned &Henry's Shiraz 2006, Hewitson, Barossa Valley, Australia.
Imagine the scene as the sunshine falls on this vineyard allowing the Syrah to express a sensual and suggestive perfume. The adventure continues with a fondant, rich, ardent texture and a fine finish with no hint of vulgarity.
Le Devoir, Friday 12 June 2009
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06 Ned & Henry's "91 points...nicely layered on the palate with plenty of spicy fruit, a smooth texture and enough ripe tannin..."
Jay Miller, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
The purple-coloured 2006 Ned & Henry's Shiraz contains 8% Mourvèdre aged in seasoned oak. The nose emits scents of cedar, underbrush, mineral, pepper, blueberry, and blackberry. Medium to full bodied, it is nicely layered on the palate with plenty of spicy fruit, a smooth texture and enough ripe tannin to evolve for 2-3 years. Drink this well priced Shiraz from 2011 to 2020.
06 Ned & Henry's- "One of Hewitson's most consistent front-runner reds"
Nick Stock, The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 on Oct-2008
"One of Hewitson's most consistent front-runner reds (named after his sons) shows bright blue fruits, plenty of fragrance and charm. The palate is supple and treads lightly for Barossa shiraz: red fruit and berry cola flavours, lively and exuberant, finishing balanced and fresh. Drink up!"
06 Ned & Henry's- "Ripe, smoky aromas of dark cherry, plum and blackberry"
Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar on Sep-2008
"($26) Saturated ruby. Ripe, smoky aromas of dark cherry, plum and blackberry, complicated by exotic cured meat and dried floral qualities. Supple blackberry and blueberry flavors coat the palate and become deeper with air, gaining firm tannins and mineral spine. The long, chewy finish leaves behind licorice and cracked pepper notes."
06 Ned & Henry's "This superb shiraz is all about harmony"
Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age Epicure on 16-Sep-2008
FIVE STARS- WINE OF THE WEEK
"The preference of certain American wine commentators for high-priced, jammy, alcoholic wines, has resulted in a genre of lifeless Barossa shiraz of sherry-like strength, huge body and porty sweetness. Thankfully, some Barossa makers still provide us with well-priced, high quality shiraz of character and drinkability. Dean Hewitson is one of them. He makes a great old-vine Barossa red that sums up the region's strong points beautifully. This superb shiraz is all about harmony. Perfectly ripe blackberry and spice characters, attractive cedary oak is woven in without hard edges, it tastes velvety and fine. It's beautifully made, with ripe tannins in perfect balance. (14.5% alcohol; screwcap)."
Ageing: Yes, drink over twelve years.
Food ideas: Beef fillet; lamb cutlets.
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06 Ned & Henry's in James Halliday's 2009 Edition
James Halliday, Wine Compendium/ Australian Wine Companion on Jul-2008
"A stylish, medium-bodied wine with excellent length and balance; fresh plums, black cherry and blackberry fruit flavours; fine tannins, subtle oak. Screwcap. 14.5º alc. Rating 95 To 2020 $25.00"
06 Ned & Henry's- "I don't know that I've ever tasted a wine of his that I didn't enjoy"
Campbell Mattinson, The Big Red Wine Book on May-2008
"There's such a thing in wine as 'grapeyness', which might sound like a statement of the bleeding obvious but refers to the fact that most wine taste 'winey', but the odd one tastes 'grapey'. It's usually a very attractive trait in a wine. This wine has it, especially in the velvety softness of the tannins. They taste like red grape skins. The wine as a whole is all about rich fruit, with oak playing very little role. It's not a look-at-me wine, but it's very good. DRINK: 2008-2014."
06 Ned & Henry's- "Opulent Barossa shiraz"
Australian Gourmet Traveller on Apr-2008
Opulent Barossa shiraz without porty or overripe flavours. Stuffed full of chocolate, vanilla and licorice aromas and has a fleshy, sweetly ripe, sensual texture and decadent flavour. A cuddly warm-climate red that holds it all together" Huon Hooke
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06 Ned & Henry's- "Another great-value Barossa red"
John Lewis, Newcastle Herald on 05-Apr-2008
"Another great-value Barossa red is the $25 Hewitson 2006 Ned and Henry's Shiraz, which has a 9 per cent mourvedre component. It has sweet, concentrated plum flavour underpinned by licorice, molasses and spice fruit characters and supple vanillin oak. The wine is named after the young sons of winemaker Dean Hewitson. Dean did vintages in France and the American state of Oregon and then spent 10 years at Petaluma before setting up his own eponymous, Barossabased wine company in 1998. Hewitson and Grant Burge reds and whites will be among a big lineup of Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills wines in Newcastle next Wednesday. The Barossa-Adelaide Hills Wine Exhibition has been organised by The Lambton Fridge wine store and will be held from 6 pm to 9 pm at Merewether Golf Club, King Street, Adamstown."
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06 Ned & Henry's- "An irresistible wine"
www.winorama.com.au on 31-Jan-2008
"I have been quite busy tasting stuff recently. Lots of good wines too, but here's the trick, here's one that I really wanted to drink. So I did. It's a drinking wine. A wine for drinking. Easy to lose sight of this sometimes. And while I have you I'd suggest that both 2006 and 2004 are (generally) looking like better red vintages in both the Barossa and McLaren Vale than 2005.
It's all black fruits, warm earth, dark chocolate and brazil nut with just a little floral lift. On the palate full bodied with a mix of red and black fruits, some earthiness and again dark chocolate with nuts. Smooth but still chewy and satisfying with fine grained tannins and lovely balance throughout. Rich but not heavy or Porty. Long dark chocolate and nut finish. Beautifully done. An irresistible wine." Gary Walsh
Rated : 93 Points
Tasted : Jan08
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $25
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2008 - 2012+
Source : Winery Sample
06 Ned & Henry's- TOP AUSSIE RED
Huon Hooke, The Sydney Morning Herald on 22-Jan-2008
"Opulent Barossa Valley shiraz without porty or overripe flavours. It's full of chocolate, vanilla and licorice aromas; a fleshy, sweetly ripe, sensual texture and decadent flavour. Now to 12 years"
Food: Stewed venison
06 Ned & Henry's "lively and exuberant"
Nick Stock, WBM100 on Dec-2007
"One of Dean Hewitson's most consistent performers and a great summer BBQ quaffer. Lifts with bright youthful fragrance and charm, red fruits and cola, really lively and exuberant, finishing with fresh berry flavour."
06 Ned & Henry's makes James Halliday's TOP 100
James Halliday, The Weekend Australian on 10-Nov-2007
"Dean Hewitson has made every post a winner since leaving Petaluma in 1996, ferreting out patched of old vines, then making the wines with flair. This entry- point, medium-bodied wine has fresh plum, black cherry and blackberry fruit flavours, polished tannins and subtle oak, impressive length and balance."
From: Barossa Valley
Drink: Now- 2020
With: Kangaroo fillet
06 Ned & Henry's in Jeremy Oliver's 2008 Edition
Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual
"A well composed varietal shiraz that neatly balances its regional intensity and ripeness with a firmish, pliant structure. Scented with violets and white pepper, its aromas of cassis, raspberries and dark plums reveal a slight meatiness. Backed by smooth, vanilla oak, its long, juicy and bacony expression of plum and small berry fruit finishes slightly meaty and cooked, but with a hint of mineral and dark olive."