Hewitson Baby Bush Mourvedre
Hewitson Wine Reviews and Accolades
Even in the cold, wet 2011 vintage Dean Hewitson produced a delicious mourvedre, a very late-ripening variety. The wine seems a tad lighter in colour than usual, though being mourvedre, that's still pretty dark. It's also a little lighter bodied and shows more pronounced peppery and spicy notes. But the medium body and spicy flavour suits the fine, grippy tannins, which add a savoury dimension. Hewitson makes the wine from bush vines he established from cuttings off old southern-Barossa vines planted in 1853.
Chris Shanahan, www.chrisshanahan.com on May-2013
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Hewitson Baby Bush Mourvedre
A charming wine likely to develop great complexity in the cellar. Its bright, heady rose garden-like bouquet of sweet cherries, berries and plums has a wild, earthy aspect with undertones of cloves, cinnamon and white pepper. Medium to full-bodied, it's richly fruited, smooth and unctuous with a delightful length and depth of fruit underpinned by a firmish fine spine, finishing with soft acids, balance and persistence.2019-2023+The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
From a 15-year-old vineyard propagated using cuttings off 1853 vines, this Barossa mourvedre is a savoury expression of an underrated variety. It's all spice, pepper, earth, dark berries and currants on the nose, followed by a mid-weight, dry, Rhone-accented palate.
The sixth release of Hewitson's cutely-named Baby Bush mourvedre. Made from cuttings established in 1997. Shot with spice and interest. Easy to like and appreciate if you enjoy the style. Fistfuls of woody spices. Medium-bodied core of leather, kirsch and black cherry-like fruit. A slip of cedary, sawdusty oak. Modern and immensely spicy in a peppery, clovey manner. Finishes the job on the finish. Fantastic length.Campbell Mattinson
There's lovely depth and mellow appeal in this young-vine mourvedre, which shows black cherry, savoury sanguine earthy notes and a little peppery chocolate too. The palate delivers liquorice and plum flavour, deep yet elegant; fine tannins really perform evenly. Great value here.NowThe Good Wine Guide
The vineyard was established with cuttings from the 1853 mourvedre planting (the oldest in the world); light, bright crimson, the medium-bodied palate has attractive red berry, spicy fruit, with none of the fearsome tannins the variety can produce.To 2018Australian Wine Companion 2013
Easy-drinking, vibrant and juicy, this typically fragrant and fine-grained mourvedre has a floral and lightly spicy bouquet of fresh red, black and blue berries and plums backed by reserved, older oak. It's smooth and juicy, brightly lit with intense berry/plum fruit underpinned by a dusty backbone. Surprisingly light-footed and vivacious, it finishes with a hint of sour cherry and rhubarb.2012-2015The Australian Wine Annual 2013
Vibrant, varietal and flavoursome, it's scented with an earthy, faintly meaty bouquet of blackberries, rhubarb, cranberries with wild, briary undertones. Its smooth, sumptuous palate underpins its juicy, vibrant core of blackberries, dark plums and mulberries with a pliant, fine-grained backbone, finishing long, dusty and savoury, with a soft acidity.The Australian Wine Annual 2012
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
A rustic, country wine of gamy, meaty complexity. A faintly confiture-like bouquet of dark plums, cinnamon, cloves and cherry kernel precedes a juicy, luscious palate backed by fine, dusty tannins and whose ripe, spicy, mouthfilling cherry/plum flavour reveals nuances of cranberry before finishing soft and savoury.The Australian Wine Annual, 2010 2010
This has come up trumps in 2008, with plenty of ripe mixed berries and enough lift to make you wonder if there's some fine-tuned blending at play. No matter - it's utterly delicious, and has all the depth and slow burn on the palate for which this variety is so well known. Supple plums and sweet spices, hints of wild herbs and red fruits to close; finishes fresh.The Good Wine Guide, 2011 2010
We described the 2007 release of this as having a 'tangerine deliciousness' and this one has that same character. It's also nutty, re-fruited (cherries and raspberries) and minorly earthly, with crisp acidity and subdued tannins - easy to drink. We reckon it will be even better with a couple of years under its belt.The Big Red Wine Book, 2010 2010
It's become a reliable performer - but then you can say that of the entire Hewitson wine range. We described the 2007 release of this as having a 'tangerine deliciousness' and this one has that same character. It's also nutty, red-fruited (cherries and raspberries) and minorly earthy, with crisp acidity and subdued tannins - easy to drink. We reckon it will be even better with a couple of years under its belt.The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
Some dark roasted nuts and dried berries here, with mixed red and purple berry fruits - a capricious, young and exuberant mourvèdre. The palate carries a wedge of brisk acid in its midst, some jubes and purple fruit pastille flavours through the middle; this fruit is pushed to the brink, finishing tarry and savoury.The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
Similar colour and flavour to Old Garden; this wine has bright fruits and savoury spices, but without the authority of its parent, Old Garden.Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
"We're fans of the mourvedre grape, and the mourvedre wines of Dean Hewitson are a big part of our enthusiasm.
This is the second release of Hewitson Baby Bush, grown on youngish, untrellised 'bush' vines. Lovely drink. Indeed, you'd have to go a long way to find someone who didn't enjoy this. It's full of earthy, boysenberried, tangerine-like deliciousness and, though there's a touch of toasty, cedary oak here too, it's that pure, glorious fruit flavour that does most of the talking. A delight."The Big Red Wine Book, 2009 2009
We're fans of the mourvedre grape, and the mourvedre wines of Dean Hewitson are a big part of our enthusiasm. This is the second release of Hewitson Baby Bush, grown on youngish, untrellised 'bush' vines. Lovely drink. Indeed, you'd have to go a long way to find someone who didn't enjoy this. It's full of earthy, boysenberried, tangerine-like deliciousness and, though there's a tasty touch of toasty cedary oak here too, it's that pure, glorious fruit flavour that does most of the talking. A delight.The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
This is the first release of a ten-year-long pet project of Dean Hewitson's. He took vine cuttings from the oldest living mourvedre vineyard on the planet, and grew these cuttings as 'bush vines', which means they are not trellised in any way. 2006 RELEASE I reckon this is bonza. It's tarry and blueberried and interesting, the depth of it made to look easy by its satiny, grapey texture. I pretty much guarantee that you will love this. It's lusciously fragrant too, long and succulent, and (just quietly) does a decent job at getting my blood racing. DRINK 2008-2015.The Big Red Wine Book 2008