Grape Variety: 61% Grenache, 20% Shiraz, 15% Mourvèdre, 2% Cinsault & 2% Carignan
Growing Region: Barossa Valley, Australia
Owner / Chief Winemaker: Dean Hewitson

Every wine has a story to tell, and even before we talk about the wine itself - the name ‘Miss Harry’ comes from the given ‘nickname’ to Deans’ young daughter Harriet. The fruit for the 2012 ‘Miss Harry’ is sourced from traditional dry grown, bush vines dating back to the late 1800’s in the Barossa Valley. This 2012 vintage is a vibrant blend of 61% Grenache, 20% Shiraz, 15% Mourvèdre, 2% Cinsault and 2% Carignan.

 

Each of these grape varietals in the resulting blend and style of wine have a strong connection with the southern Rhône Valley in France. These varietals have a natural affinity along with adapting well to the unique climate of the Barossa Valley. These dry grown, old bush vines have roots as deep as 30 meters in places, giving them the ability to cope with all that nature brings with each growing season. Each with its own strong sense of character; the Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre perfectly complement the later-ripening and lower-alcohol Cinsault and Carignan and each contributing a small yet important ingredient to the final blend.
After traditional vinification the wine was matured in seasoned French oak barriques for 12 months without racking. During this period the barrels experienced their innovative, hands-on method of batonnage (lees stirring). Where they mix, re-suspend the fermentation lees with new wine; by rotating the oak barrels on small wheels built into the racking system. This method serves to intensify the wines flavour and complexity and provides Dean with greater control over the maturation process, and improving the quality of the finished wine.
The 2012 ‘Miss Harry’ continues in the foot-steps of previous vintages, presenting a well structured wine, with upfront ripe berry fruits which delivers a friendly, approachable wine with integrity, charm, character and layers of flavour resulting in an early drinking style red wine.
In the glass you have a bright red colour with a deep purple hue. On the nose aromas of dark plums and a mix of red and black wild berries, pepper, spice, subtle earthy notes, lavender and dried herbs with layers of character provided by the extended time on its own lees and in oak barrels. The palate is wonderfully inviting, delivering ripe dark fruits, and has a confident core of rich fruit flavours with balanced natural acidity that offers a bright, lifted mouth-feel, giving the wine a lingering, smooth finish. No decanting required and serve at 16-18°C.

A world-class Rhône‐style red blend from the Barossa Valley.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this coming summer season; and over the next 3-4 years.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with grilled and bbq’d meats, gourmet sausages, pasta, pizza, tapas’ and hard cheeses; enjoy.