Hewitson Falkenberg Vineyard Shiraz 2015 - Barossa Valley, South Australia
95/100 Jeremy Oliver (2014 vintage)
95/100 James Halliday (2014 vintage)
93/100 The Wine Front (2014 vintage)
96/100 James Halliday (2013 vintage)
95/100 Jeremy Oliver (2013 vintage)
94/100 Vinous Antonio Galloni (2013 vintage)
93/100 Wine Enthusiast (2013 vintage)
93/100 The Wine Front (2013 vintage)
James Halliday 5 Star Winery
James Halliday Top 100 Winery 2017
The Winemaker "Falkenberg Shiraz is our premier Shiraz cuvée. The grapes are carefully harvested and fermented then matured in French oak. The wine is incredibly powerful and showcases Barossa Valley Shiraz at its best. While accessible now this wine will reward careful cellaring."
Jane Faulkner - Australian Wine Companion “A single vineyard, 90-year-old vines and the wine aged in French oak for 2 years, this is the foundation for Hewitson’s premier Shiraz. There’s an unmistakeable Barossa stamp – it’s richly flavoured with menthol, dark fruits, a velvety sensation to the ripe tannins- and it’s long. There’s detail here, yet it is still in the big, voluptuous category, and done well." (2014 vintage)
The Wine Companion "Red berries and cherries pick up hints of peppery spice and vanilla on the long, silky finish.... balance, elegance and class." (2014 vintage)
Wine Spectator "A floral grace note of rose petal lends aromatic lift and an elegant profile to the firm, focused core of cherry and plum flavors. A savory mineral accent lingers on the fine and focused finish. Drink now through 2030." (2014 vintage)
James Halliday "220 dozen made, matured in French barriques for 30 months. It is profoundly, luxuriantly, hedonistically juicy, the flavours midway between red and black, or - if you prefer - some of each. There's plenty of French oak too, and the only thing that might debar early enjoyment isn't present: tannins - they are in the mix, but perfectly integrated." (2013 vintage)
Australian Wine Companion "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. Hewitson 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."
Frederick Wildman "Dean Hewitson founded his eponymous winery in 1998. He is a highly respected Australian winemaker ...Hewitson has worked at wineries in Australia, France, Italy and Oregon. Hewitson then moved to the U.S. where he earned a Masters from UC-Davis. On his return home, Dean brought a wealth of knowledge, practical experience and a driving passion to produce wines not only from Barossa Valley but also from the McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills regions.
Hewitson fundamentally believes great wines are the expression of the soils they are grown in and the season in which they are grown. With his longstanding focus on terroir—specific terroir plots in fact—many of Hewitson’s wines are single vineyard. He sources grapes from not only his own vineyards but also from long-standing grower contracts including a few sourced from some of the oldest living, still productive vines on plots that date back to the mid-19th century and are pre-phylloxera. His ‘Old Garden’ Mourvèdre is a single-vineyard wine, whose vines were planted in 1853 in Barossa Valley and are reputed to be the oldest Mourvèdre vines in the world. Hewitson’s ‘Miss Harry’ is sourced from a Grenache vineyard planted in 1880, also thought to be the oldest Grenache in existence.
Due to Hewitson’s education and experience in Australia, California and France, Hewitson wines combine Old-World traditions with New-World fruit purity. And while he clearly excels with Rhône Valley grape varieties, Hewitson also produces award-winning Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. A practitioner in solar energy, water recycling and encouraging natural biodiversity, Hewitson produces wines in an environmentally sustainable fashion."
James Halliday "Dean Hewitson was a winemaker at Petaluma [one of Australia's leading wineries] for 10 years, during which time he managed to do three vintages in France and one in Oregon as well as undertaking his Masters at the University of California, Davis. It is hardly surprising that the wines are immaculately made from a technical viewpoint. Dean sources 30-year-old Riesling from the Eden Valley and 70-year-old shiraz from McLaren Vale; he also makes a Barossa Valley Mourvedre from vines planted in 1853 at Rowland Flat, and Barossa Valley Shiraz and Grenache from 60-year-old vines at Tanunda."
The Barossa Valley is an extremely important wine-producing region within the Barossa zone of South Australia, particularly associated with powerful red wines from the red wine grape variety Shiraz. A prestigious and internationally renowned region, it is not only home to some of the oldest vineyards and wineries in Australia but produces some of its most recognizable and sought-after brands. A striking feature of the Barossa Valley's wine landscape is the presence of very old vines, proudly showcased on many wine labels and during vineyard tours.
Shiraz is the name given to the dark-skinned Syrah grape when grown in Australia and selected pockets of the New World. Though genetically identical, the stylistic differences between Shiraz and Syrah are usually pronounced.
Shiraz is so important to Australian viticulture that it is the most planted grape variety in the majority of Australian vineyards and has become virtually synonymous with the country's wine regions, and in particular the Barossa Valley.