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Hewitson Baby Bush Mourvedre

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We don’t see as many straight Mourvèdres as we should but the Barossa Valley is the first place we’d go to source one. One guy who is doing it well is Dean Hewitson a talented winemaker who uses Mourvèdre in his other blends. The fruit for this wine comes from vines that date back to 1853, they are dry grown and produce wines of intense flavour. Ripe, rich and rustic there’s ripe blueberry and bramble framed by savoury notes of earth and herbs. These follow through to the soft mouthfeel backed by fully ripe tannins. The structure ensures this is drinking well now but it will only improve with age.

Winemaker's Notes

The 2011 Baby Bush is a wonderful expression of this variety. The aromas display classic Mourvèdre richness, ripeness and rusticity. The dark, brambly, blueberry aromas are matched with the sage, earth and undergrowth. These aromas carry right through the palate which delivers a rich, velvety mouth feel, backed by very soft and fully ripe tannins. The structure, balance and youthful poise of 2011 Baby Bush Mourvèdre ensures the wine is extremely enjoyable now. It will also reward with time in the cellar.

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

Expert Reviews

Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
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
93
Ralph Kyte-Powell (2011 Vintage) says
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.
92
The Wine Front (2011 Vintage) says
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
92
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
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.
Now
The Good Wine Guide
93
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
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 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2013
93
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
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.
2012-2015
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
92
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
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
92
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
91
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
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
91
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
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
92
Campbell Mattinson (2008 Vintage) says
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
93
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
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
93
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
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
91
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
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
92
Campbell Mattinson (2007 Vintage) says

"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
91
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
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
91
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
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
94

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