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.
The 2-acre Old Garden Vineyard was planted in 1853 and is recognised as the world's oldest mourvedre vineyard, producing only 5 tonnes, 25% whole bunches included in the ferment, matured in new French oak. Great colour for a '14 wine, still vivid and clear; super-intense, super-juicy; the quality and character take hold immediately you take the first sip, the bouquet a deceptively serene introduction. It is one of the most seductively savoury (or vice versa) wines of this medium-bodied style I can remember. Drink to: 2040; Price: $88.00; Date Tasted: Nov 2017; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 97 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
An 1853 garden of vines is the baseline for the wine – arguably the oldest planting of mourvedre on earth. What an extraordinary thing, ey? Top of the tree stuff from Hewitson. This is a big wine in ultra fine form. Lush, smooth, succulent and very long in flavour. Jaffa choc-orange, clove and new leather, violet floral characters and miscellaneous peppery spice all command interest in the bouquet. The palate is quietly powerful, medium weight though there’s almost a ‘pinosity’ here. It’s inwardly concentrated, tightened with a web of lacy tannin, kind of understated until you feel that roll of inky fruit and firm tannin come in. Sheesh, this is outstanding. Tasted: Nov 17; Alcohol: 14%; Price: $88; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2017-2030; Rated: 95 Points; Mike Bennie; The Wine Front
Profoundly perfumed and spicy, with intense aromas and layers of red cherries, blood plums, cranberries and blackberries supported by ultra-fine loose-knit tannins. Smooth, luscious and velvety, it’s exceptionally long and impactful, with a soft acidity and a lingering core of unctuous red fruits. Drink: 2034 to 2044; Rating: 95 Points; Jeremy Oliver; Australian Wine Annual
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