Old vine beauty

Hewitson Old Garden Single Vineyard Mourvèdre 2017, Barossa Valley, AUD $88

From a single Barossa mourvèdre vineyard planted in 1853, probably the oldest in the world, this wine is a taste of living history. These low-yielding ancient vines give great concentration, depth, flavour integration and tannin ripeness to the finished wine.

In this example it’s expressed via a harmonious, super-complex personality, built on seamlessly combined ripe berry and plum fruit, floral scents, dark-chocolatey richness, varietal spice and ironstone earthiness, all robed in an appropriate measure of nutty, vanillin oak. In the mouth, it’s seamless, full-bodied, juicy and powerful, yet not aggressive. The tannins are in balance, tangy acidity gives real zest. Although a big wine, this has a lovely supple succulence that sets it apart from many of its Barossa old vine peers. (Diam)

Score: 95 ★★★★★ – view original tasting note

Alcohol: 14%

Ageing: drink over fifteen years

Food: scotch fillet of beef, roasted in the piece

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Ranked: #1 of 20 2017 Mourvèdre from South Australia

Awarded: Top Rank

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