Reviews & Articles
Ned & Henry's 2002
02 Ned & Henry's- 92 points from Parker
The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker Jnr on Oct-2004
"A new offering (and a splendid bargain) is the 2002 Ned & Henry's, a 100% Shiraz cuvee loaded with fruit. Made in an exotic, upfront style, it is designed for consumers unwilling to defer their gratification. A full throttle effort with tremendous suppleness as well as explosive fruit, it is loaded from start to finish. Terroirists and those who find fault with wines that give serious pleasure will be dismissive of this offering, but it's a beauty. Consume it over the next 3-5 years."
02 Ned & Henry's " this is a user-friendly wine in every respect"
Gourmet Traveller Wine on Dec-2003
"Made by Dean Hewitson from fruit sourced from the Barossa Valley, this is a user-friendly wine in every respect. The screwcapped wine is ripe, with dark-berry fruit and well-handled, unobtrusive French oak. This flavour packed, balanced, smooth and supple Barossa shiraz has soft, fine-grained tannins which means that while it is extremely drinkable now, there is more than enough structure to warrant another four to five years in the cellar." Philip Rich
02 Ned & Henry's- Halliday's Top 100
James Halliday, The Weekend Australian on 23-Nov-2003
"Another great wine from Dean Hewitson, finishing fermentation and maturation in French oak, and with 10 per cent old vine mourvedre blended in prior to bottling. Rich blackberry, licorice and spice fruit provides velvety mouthfeel to a delicious and seductive wine. Great value: Stelvin capped." Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia Best drinking: 2006-2016 With: Roast saltbush lamb
02 Ned & Henry's "the end result is something as classy as it is ravishingly drinkable"
Gourmet Traveller Wine on Oct-2003
"Throughout the next 12 months, you'll hear a lot about the excellent quality of the red wines of the 2002 vintage. But amid all that, you're not going to find many better wines than this one from Dean Hewitson. The small South Australian producer doesn't own a single vineyard, yet produces a gorgeous line-up of wines each year, largely because he's a very talented winemaker with access to some of the oldest vineyards in the land. Hewitson loves some of the less heralded varieties-mourvedre and grenache especially-and almost always puts them to great use, with this wine no exception. The 2002 Ned and Henry's Barossa Valley Shiraz ($25) is 90 per cent high quality shiraz, with 10 per cent mourvedre. The latter grape gives the wine a solid boost of leatheriness. When you combine this with what the shiraz has given it: mouth coating blueberry/blackberry fruit flavour with a yearn of raspberry-then add sweet, cedary French oak to it all, the end result is something as classy as it is ravishingly drinkable. The fact that most of the release has been bottled with a screwcap seal is just an added bonus."
02 Ned & Henry's "Attacks big, round and sweet fruited"
Tim White, Australian Financial Review on 25-Oct-2003
"Dark, ripe, plum, and pip smelling, but also earthy tarry. Attacks big, round and sweet fruited - stewed plums and dates. Ideally needs another year or two in bottle."
02 Ned & Henry's "High-toned but quite attractive"
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar on Jul-2003
"Dark red-ruby. Slightly reduced aromas of dark berries, tar and coffee. Sweet, fat and gamey, with lush, superripe notes leavened by harmonious acidity. High-toned but quite attractive. Finishes with a slight herbal edge."