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

Dean has crafted another full-flavoured Barossa Valley Shiraz that can be enjoyed in its youth at either a BBQ lunch or with slow cooked piece of prime meat at dinner. Dean’s winemaking philosophies can be clearly seen throughout this wine, with the appropriate use of French oak, fine grained tannins, balance and bright fruit expression.
Named after Dean’s two boys Ned & Henry - the fruit for this wine was sourced from several old vine sites grown on classic terra rossa vineyards.

 

The vineyards are traditionally grown, low cropped and produce the essential flavours and tannins. After careful fermentation the wine was pressed into quality French oak barrels, where the wine finished fermentation and underwent malolactic fermentation.
The wine matured in barrel for a total of about fifteen months before racking and bottling. The base wine has always been Shiraz, though each year Dean blends in a small proportion of Mourvèdre, which accentuates the fruit and develops greater complexity.
The 2011 vintage for grape ripening and harvesting was exceptionally cool for the valley. The vineyard team made good decisions and each site were harvested before the later rains and once again were able to deliver a rounded, ripe wine at a balanced 14%.
The colour of the wine is a very deep red with a purple hue. The aroma is distinctively Barossa Valley, with black, ripe fruits and a dried herb spice influence from the Mourvèdre. The fruit flavours of berries and earthy characters are full and concentrated yet soft and supple. The tannins are integrated and persistent, giving the wine great balance and poise and carries Dean’s signature - 'drinkability'. Decant for 30-45 minutes and serve at 16-18°C.

A fruit driven wine with real personality.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking well this coming season; and over the next 4-5 years.
 
SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine match with bbq red meats, lamb shank, roast meats, a homemade meat pie and with a spicy pizza, enjoy.