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. Our fruit is sourced from these dry-grown, pre-Phylloxera vineyards of the Barossa Valley and also single site vineyards in Eden Valley, McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills. We believe great wines are the expression of the soils they are grown in and in the seasons they grow. Through knowledge and experience we strive for balance, structure, concentration, power and breeding.
The Old Garden vineyard is the oldest Mourvèdre vineyard in the world planted in 1853. Dry-grown, original existing vines pre-Phylloxera. Eight rows of this rare and unique planting remain to this day at Rowland Flat and produce winemaker Dean Hewitson’s much-lauded single-vineyard table wine bearing the Old Garden name. The vineyard has been hand-tended and dry-farmed by Friedrich Koch and his direct descendants across three centuries.
Old Garden is an understatement as the vines were planted in 1853 and all the elements that make this wine special are in abundance: licorice, tar, menthol and herbs. It's full-bodied, smooth with abundant tannins, creamy vanillin oak and spicy fruitcake. A very good wine just holding it back is the charry oak - 100% new French barrels. Drink to: 2029; Price: $88.00; Date Tasted: Oct 2016; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 94 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
Terry’s chocolate orange, spice, sweet creamy oak, golden fruit cake, new leather, plums and all manner of things. Medium bodied, tangy and fresh, strawberries and spiced oak, light grainy tannin, meaty savoury complexity, and a cool finish that’s almost rancio in its complexity, with fine powdery tannin to seal it off. Good. And will get better. Tasted: Aug 16; Alcohol: 16%; Price: $88; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2018-2028+; Rated: 93 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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