Hewitson Miss Harry Rhone GSM 2018 - Barossa Valley, South Australia
94/100 James Halliday
92/100 The Wine Front (2015 Vintage)
92/100 The Wine Front (2014 Vintage)
90/100 Vinous Antonio Galloni (2014 Vintage)
90/100 Wine Spectator (2013 Vintage)
Bronze - International Wine Challenge (2010 Vintage)
James Halliday 5 Star Winery
James Halliday Top 100 Winery 2017
James Halliday "A very attractive light to medium-bodied palate with spices coming from all directions, the fruit flavours red, purple and black, the tannin load minimal."
The Winemaker "This wine is a Rhone-style blend from vineyards dating back to 1800s. The palate is wonderfully fresh and with juicy forest fruits, dried herbs and a creamy complexity derived from its maturation on yeast lees in old French oak barrels. The concentrated fruits, fine tannin and perfectly integrated acid complete the wine. Vinified with 45% whole bunches and minimal SO2, using solar energy and water recycling."
Wine Spectator "Red licorice, cherry and star anise notes are smooth, juicy and crisp, with plenty of vitality and energy to the flavors. Shows plenty of focus. Grenache, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Carignan."
Gavin Hubble "The palate is vibrant and engaging with ripe forest berry fruits, dried herbs, spices and a beguiling complexity derived from its 12 months maturation in oak. Dean has deftly used the right amount of winemaking to showcase all the delicate layers from the centenarian and ancestor vines. This wine has concentrated fruits, fine tannins and perfectly balanced fruit acidity lifts the lingering savoury, smooth dry finish." (2015 vintage)
Wine Enthusiast "Soft, pretty and lifted aromas of raspberry, rhubarb, dried herbs, florals and graphite lead gently into a light to medium body. The palate shows plump red berries, flowers and a savory spine of gentle, chalky tannins." (2015 vintage)
Decanter "Complex notes of blackberry, spice, and wood smoke. The palate is compact with firm tannins, plenty of dark fruits and Shiraz spice. A touch of wood smoke and cassis on the nose with excellent flavour complexity and length on the palate. Nicely proportioned structure of textured tannins and juicy acidity." (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.
Grenache – Syrah – Mourvedre blended wines – commonly known by the acronym GSM – are the particular specialty of the southern Rhone Valley in France. Grenache and Syrah are key in this part of the world and are complemented in this instance by the addition of Mourvedre: an important but slightly less famous inclusion to the blend. GSM wines, which have been readily adopted by the New World, are rich, full-bodied and leathery, and are characterized by flavors of dark fruit and spice.