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Hewitson The Mad Hatter Shiraz

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Hewitson The Mad Hatter Shiraz

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Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A wonderfully balanced, brightly lit, gentle and seamless shiraz of near-perfect balance. Knit with fresh cedar/ mocha oak, its floral, briary bouquet of piercingly intense blackberry, cassis and raspberry aromas are backed by nuances of white pepper, graphite and mineral. It's smooth, polished and medium to full-bodied, flowing with plush, mouthfilling fruit, creamy oak and velvet tannins towards a lingering, refreshing and sour-edged finish. Exemplary.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
96
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
This captures the essence of the McLaren Vale style of shiraz, showing a deeply ripe red and dark berry fruit nose, some licorice and gently, sweetly spiced, cedary oak influence; lovely freshness here. The palate delivers a dollop of delicious, supple and flavoursome red plum and summer berry flavour, and fine, deep and smooth tannins wash evenly throughout.
Good Wine Guide 2013
94
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
From a single Blewitt Springs vineyard. Strong crimson-purple, it immediately shows the impact of over 20 months' maturation in new French oak; the fruit is there, and the mouthfeel is silky and supple, so there is no doubt the oak influence will become progressively less obvious than it is now.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
94
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Top stuff from a challenging vintage. Sweet, very slightly jammy and currant-like aromas of blackberries, dark plums are cassis lifted by a floral scent and a whiff of chocolate oak. Smooth, silky and cultivated, it's long and briary, with a pleasingly sour-edged presence of plum, berry and dark cherry flavours supported by supple, pliant tannins and wrapped in fresh acids. There's a hint of currant-like fruit at the finish, but it's a supreme effort in winemaking.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
92
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
From a single vineyard in the cool Blewitt Springs (unofficial) subregion of McLaren Vale that spent 22 months in new French oak. Its bright crimson colour heralds an elegant medium-bodied wine that has an attractively fragrant bouquet, but soars on the back-palate and finish with its waves of sweet red cherry fruit and gossamer-fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
96
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
A bright and ripe expression of McLAREN Vale's richness that doesn't lose any of its fresh appeal, while remaining faithful to its regional origins. Ripe, earthy plum fruits and a lick of cinnamon, cardamom and other Eastern spices. The palate's laced together with fine, supple tannins that carry spiced plum fruits and licorice, balanced and even, and really tidy through the finish.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
93
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Still holding youthful colour; red and black fruits, spice, a wisp of dark chocolate and mocha oak on the bouquet lead into a vibrant palate that has just enough fruit to carry 20 months in 100% new French oak. A modern interpretation of the Blewitt Springs subregion of McLaren Vale.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Dark and meaty, rustic but sweetly fruited, with ripe flavours of blackberries and dark plums married with fresh cedar/ vanilla oak, faint suggestions of raisins, currants, prunes and nuances of iodide and mineral. Smooth and polished, with a fine-grained chassis of velvet tannins and undertones of dark chocolate, it finishes with a lingering core of juicy flavour.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
92
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
This is from the Blewitt Springs vineyard in McLaren Vale. Clearly succulent and rich with some dense mid-palate fruit. It's soft and supple, striking a tight balance between the fruit and the 21 months of new French oak. Has a remarkable stylishness and poise for such a difficult year.
The West Australian, 2009 2009
93
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
Great McLaren Vale shiraz marries richness and softness in an irresistibly charming fashion. The brightness of this '06 is striking; it delves headlong into pure ripe dark berries and spicy lifted fruits, and has already eaten up the oak, shows terrific intensity and richness. The palate has great drive and direction, delivering deep plum and spice flavour with finesse, rolled out on plush ripe tannins; long, composed finish.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
96
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A single-vineyard wine with 20 months in French oak, which is counter-cultural in its elegant, medium-bodied profile and moderate alcohol; red fruits and touches of mocha and chocolate predominate.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
Lots of juicy, plummy, cedary flavour. Tastes soft, smooth and delicious, with the perfect weighting of fruit and oak. Pure. Almost has an elegance, despite its obvious deliciousness. Yummo. Substantial, smooth, complex
The Wine Front, 2008 2007
94
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
McLaren Vale at its best; masses of blackberry, spice and dark chocolate in a cocoon of fine but persistent tannins and quality French oak; excellent length. Opulent but not corpulent.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
95
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
Beautiful hit of coffee, smoke, blackberries and cedar. Classy wine. Lovely in the mouth too, structured and luscious and more-ish. Triumph. Love it.
The Wine Front, 2008 2007
94
Ray Jordan (2005 Vintage) says
This is something special. An exciting expression of McLaren Vale that brings a new degree of subtlety and refinement. Seductive and complex aromas of spice and blueberry with a slight aromatic lift. Palate is soft and supple but with great structure and power. Fine, ripe tannins and great length, a super wine. Check out the independents for this one.
The West Australian, 2008 2007
95
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
A classy wine, with great depth of fruit and bitter chocolate bolstered by 2 years in new French oak; great length and balance; lingering finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
96
Campbell Mattinson (2004 Vintage) says
This is one of those deeply-spiced, deeply-fruited, earthen wines that McLaren Vale can do remarkably well - and doesn't do often enough. It's so exotic and wild that it almost tastes gamey, and yet I'd bet that it's not - or at least I'd bet that it doesn't have any spoilage issues. I think it's a balltearer, though a smiling balltearer is perhaps a better description. Rich with mocha and blackberries and crumbling earth, plus a pack of cedary oak (it spent two years in all-French oak), it is quite beautiful, and has a great rack of tannins on it.
The Wine Front, 2006 2006
94
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Spice, chocolate, blackberry and mocha aromas and flavours; full tannins. Carries its alcohol with ridiculous ease.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
95
Campbell Mattinson (2002 Vintage) says
Big, rich, powerful and porty - it explodes out of the glass and in the mouth too. Long, warm length - it shows its alcohol - but it's good quality, and will age for a long time. Love the tannin structure here. And the exotic spice. And the balance of fruit, oak and acidity.
The Wine Front, 2008 2008
94

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