Hewitson Gun Metal Eden Valley Riesling 2019 - Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia
94/100 James Halliday
96/100 James Halliday (2017 vintage)
95/100 Jeremy Oliver (2017 vintage)
91/100 The Wine Front (2017 vintage)
90/100 Wine Enthusiast (2017 vintage)
93/100 The Wine Front (2016 vintage)
92/100 Jeremy Oliver (2016 vintage)
92/100 Wine Spectator (2016 vintage)
91/100 Vinous Antonio Galloni (2016 vintage)
Silver - Australian Wine Companion
James Halliday 5 Star Winery
James Halliday Top 100 Winery 2017
Tyson Stelzer "True to its name, this riesling is built around a steely, high tensile backbone and chalky mineral structure. It’s a taut and pristine style of pretty lemon blossom perfume, granny smith apple and lime zest fruit, carrying with impressive persistence and tightly coiled focus."
James Halliday "Low yields across the Clare and Eden Valleys occasioned by the relentlessly dry growing season have come good with very concentrated flavours."
Qantas Magazine "Aromas of lime, petals, minerals and talc. The palate showcases citrus, mineral and powder dry finish."
Frederick Wildman "Eden Valley is recognised as one of the world’s great Riesling regions. This single-vineyard is recognised as one of the best Eden Valley vineyards. The specific topography and mineral profile provide ideal conditions for Riesling. Gun Metal describes the grey-coloured stone amongst the vineyard while symbolizing the steely minerality of the wine. Lime minerals and powder. Citrus, especially lime predominates the flavour profile while carrying the trademark minerality that Gun Metal is renowned for."
The Winemaker "The palate is delicate, refined and intense, with a firm, dry finish and lingering aftertaste. Citrus, mineral and powder-dry finish."
Wine Spectator "Light and crisp, with pear and lime flavors that are appealing and straightforward. Drink now." (2017 vintage)
Wine Enthusiast "This is a steely, flinty Riesling....fruit: lemons, apples and orange peel, on the nose. But the palate is all about the flinty minerality."
Wine Spectator "Finds a balance between elegance and power, with a light and lively body. Offers intense notes of peach blossom, lime zest and honeysuckle. Vibrant and juicy on the finish, where a hint of fresh ginger chimes in. (2016 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 in 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.
Eden Valley is located in the Barossa and is recognised as one of the world’s great Riesling regions, and one of Australia’s premier cool climate wine regions. Eden Valley wines are distinctive in their character, displaying wonderful aromatics, elegance, complexity and finesse.
With a wine making history dating back to 1847, Eden Valley is home to some of the world’s oldest Shiraz and Riesling vineyards. Traditional grape growing continues with a focus on sustainability, with fifth and sixth generations of the original settlers continuing to operate their family wineries.
Riesling is a light-skinned, aromatic grape of German origin which is – if the majority of top wine critics are to be believed – the world's finest white wine grape variety. The Riesling vine holds a very different place in the wine world to such great grapes as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Chardonnay. While these immensely popular varieties have conquered every corner of the winegrowing world, Riesling is conspicuously absent from the core wine regions of France, Spain and Italy. Riesling's home is the regions that trace the middle Rhine and the lower Mosel, two of Europe's great wine rivers.