Grape Varietals: 90% Shiraz, 10% Mourvèdre
Growing Region: Barossa Valley, Australia
Owner / Chief Winemaker: Dean Hewitson

Dean has access to some outstanding old vine grape parcels, from vineyards grown on red soil over limestone, the classic 'terra-rossa' vineyards; provide the quality fruit for this Ned & Henry's Shiraz / Mourvèdre.
Traditionally grown, low cropping vines produce the rich flavours and expressive tannins found in this wine. After careful fermentation the wine was then pressed into selected French oak barriques, where the wine also went through malolactic fermentation.

 

The wine then matured in these same oak barrels for a total of about fifteen months before racking. While the base wine has always been Shiraz, each year Dean blends in a small proportion of Mourvèdre, which accentuates the fruit and adds another subtle layer of complexity.
In the glass you have a very deep red colour with a purple hue. The aroma is distinctive, with dark, ripe fruits and a dried herb and spice note from the Mourvèdre. The perfectly balanced French oak is a real treat. The flavours of dark-fruits and rich earthy characters are full and concentrated yet approachable. The palate is definitely full bodied, with a generous mouth feel with velvet tannins, and a long persistent finish. Decant for 45-60 minutes and serve at 17-18°C. *(Limited availability).

94 points, James Halliday, Wine Companion 2103.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this winter season; and will mature for another 6-7 years.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine match with bbq'd red meats, spicy pizza or rich pasta dishes and a good rich cheese, enjoy.